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Culture and inter-cultural understanding: A critical discourse analysis of textbooks and workbooks for English teaching in year 9 in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to illustrate what culture specific content is used in textbooks for English teaching and how this content is used to further inter-cultural understanding in students.

The method is a critical discourse analysis of the biggest selling textbooks and workbooks for English teaching in year 9 from Sweden’s largest educational publishers. The approach is to map out content that is culture specific into four categories of ‘culture’, and assess how the content is used to further inter-cultural understanding, using four aspects of inter-cultural education.

The results are that the countries generally seen as representing culture in English speaking countries are England, the USA, India and Canada. The culture specific content is generally literature, i.e. poems, novels and short stories, traditions, life and customs, history on important cultural figures, social systems, social classes and some ideology, and cultural linguistics such as idioms and similes. The conclusion is that all textbooks help furthering inter-cultural understanding to different degrees, but in order to actually develop inter-cultural understanding the teacher is needed to make more connections to the differences between cultures.

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Keyword [en]
Language education, comprehensive school, critical discourse analysis, English teaching, inter-cultural understanding
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-154497Local ID: 2011vt4811OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-154497DiVA: diva2:420790
Subject / course
Educational Sciences
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-06-14 Created: 2011-06-06 Last updated: 2011-06-14Bibliographically approved

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