Part of #RANIAN EFL TEACHERS’ PERCEPTIONS ON TEACHING CULTURE IN FL CLASSROOM# :
Publishing year : 2014
Conference : Second National Conference on Applied Research in English Language Studies
Number of pages : 18
Abstract: Intercultural competence in the paradigm of intercultural communicative competence plays a significant role in the present time of the Foreign Language Teaching profession. Intercultural skills (Sercu, L.2004) of the intercultural speakers (Byram, M.2000), rather than the language skills of the language speakers, are more prominent nowadays. This slight shift in the view of language researchers and experts certainly affects the role that teachers will play. Language teachers are supposed to promote the acquisition of intercultural skills and, consequently, cultural dimension in their learners. The present study concentrates its focus on the role of teachers as a mediator of foreign language and culture in the foreign language class. Iranian foreign language teachers are the participants of the study. They are supposed to express their opinion on several aspects of including the cultural element in teaching foreign languages. These teachers are from different parts of Iran. A questionnaire is distributed among the teachers. To analyze the questionnaire, the frequencies are computed, chi square is obtained and finally the r formula for some of the answers is used. Completing the questionnaire, teachers explain how they perceive culture and language teaching. The participants also explain the extent to which they are interested in interculturalizing the teaching of foreign languages and the circumstances and circumstances they think it is important to do that. It is supposed that teacher training programs pay a little more attention to teaching language teachers about cultural element and intercultural skills as well as intercultural competence. The curriculum developers are also supposed to include more cultural points and information in the materials the teachers use. The teachers who believe that interculturalization of foreign language teaching is important should be aware that they are more linguistic-oriented and pay less attention to intercultural skills and knowledge and will hinder them from integrating language and culture.