THE USE OF LOCAL CULTURE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING IN A GLOBALISED WORLD

Yuni Budi Lestari

Abstract


The importance of English language as an international tool of communication in this globalised world suggests that English teachers ensure students‘ attainment of English language competency through the use of effective English language teaching materials. For this purpose, English language materials containing English culture have been widely proposed for use in English language classrooms based on an assumption that successful language learning is associated with learning the culture of the language speakers. Strong theoretical and empirical support, however, calls for the need to use local culture in English language classrooms. This article discusses that the use of local culture in English Language Teaching (ELT) can be supported by exploring two interrelated issues: the relationship between language and culture and the emergence of World Englishes. Common practices of localised ELT practices in some local contexts also support the use of local culture in English language classrooms which is also discussed in this article. It is also suggested that teachers make use of students‘local culture as learning material as it would develop students‘ English proficiency as well as their sense of cultural identity important for a global life.

Keywords


ocal culture, World Englishes, Localised English language pedagogy

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