Should culture be an overt component of EFL instruction outside of English speaking countries? The Thai context
Asian EFL Journal, 5, (4)
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Culture has become an increasingly important component of English language teaching in recent times. There are a number of reasons for this related to a view of language that incorporates a wider social and culture perspective, and to the increasingly multicultural use of English. To illustrate this multicultural use of English this paper will examine the use of English in Thailand and the teaching of culture. This will then be followed by a discussion of some of the difficulties involved in teaching cultural awareness outside of the central English speaking countries, especially which culture to focus on and overcoming stereotypes. Some suggestions will be made as to how these difficulties may be overcome and how we might approach the teaching of cultural awareness in a systematic way as applied to the Thai environment.
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