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Article: Teachers’ ambivalence in integrating culture with EFL teaching in Hong Kong

TitleTeachers’ ambivalence in integrating culture with EFL teaching in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsCultural content
Teaching methods
Teacher training
Issue Date2012
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rlcc20
Citation
Language, Culture and Curriculum, 2012, v. 25 n. 3, p. 249-264 How to Cite?
AbstractAn increasingly important curricular aim of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is to develop learners' intercultural competence for communication with people from different cultures through English. English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers' perceptions and practices in relation to integrating culture with English learning have been investigated mainly in Europe and the USA, whereas in Asia, these issues seem to have been less explored. This article reports an interview study that collected views about culture and language teaching from 12 secondary school English teachers in Hong Kong, including native and non-native English teachers. The findings showed that the teachers were unanimously positive in their attitudes towards the motivating power of culture (including popular culture) in language teaching, but also revealed ambivalence or contradictory feelings about the means and the end of culture-integrated TEFL in terms of what cultural resources to draw on; the connectivity between cultural components and examinations; and the role of teachers. The findings suggest the need for EFL teachers to deploy culture as a discursive resource for meaning-making, and to consider culture pedagogy as interlingual and intercultural exploratory dialogues with the students. The need for a closer collaboration among EFL teachers from different sociocultural backgrounds is highlighted.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/163579
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dc.contributor.authorLuk, JCM-
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-06T01:44:12Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-06T01:44:12Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.citationLanguage, Culture and Curriculum, 2012, v. 25 n. 3, p. 249-264-
dc.identifier.issn0790-8318-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/163579-
dc.description.abstractAn increasingly important curricular aim of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is to develop learners' intercultural competence for communication with people from different cultures through English. English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers' perceptions and practices in relation to integrating culture with English learning have been investigated mainly in Europe and the USA, whereas in Asia, these issues seem to have been less explored. This article reports an interview study that collected views about culture and language teaching from 12 secondary school English teachers in Hong Kong, including native and non-native English teachers. The findings showed that the teachers were unanimously positive in their attitudes towards the motivating power of culture (including popular culture) in language teaching, but also revealed ambivalence or contradictory feelings about the means and the end of culture-integrated TEFL in terms of what cultural resources to draw on; the connectivity between cultural components and examinations; and the role of teachers. The findings suggest the need for EFL teachers to deploy culture as a discursive resource for meaning-making, and to consider culture pedagogy as interlingual and intercultural exploratory dialogues with the students. The need for a closer collaboration among EFL teachers from different sociocultural backgrounds is highlighted.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rlcc20-
dc.relation.ispartofLanguage, Culture and Curriculum-
dc.rightsThis is an electronic version of an article published in Language, Culture and Curriculum, 2012, p. 1-16. Language, Culture and Curriculum is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/ with the open URL of your article.-
dc.subjectCultural content-
dc.subjectTeaching methods-
dc.subjectTeacher training-
dc.titleTeachers’ ambivalence in integrating culture with EFL teaching in Hong Kongen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailLuk, JCM: lukcmj@hkucc.hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/07908318.2012.716849-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84868532790-
dc.identifier.hkuros218921-
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dc.identifier.epage16-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000310607500003-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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