Intercultural Teaching in EFL Secondary School Contexts: Indonesian Teachers’ Perspectives and Practices

Abstract

The intercultural approach to fostering intercultural communication in classrooms has been a vital concern in the realm of English language instruction. However, acknowledging the interactive nature of culture and effectively conveying it to students can be a challenging task. In specific instances, impediments related to intercultural communication hinder the capacity of educators and learners to engage in cross-cultural dialogue. The present research investigates the practice of intercultural teaching in two separate contexts of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at the secondary school level. The study draws on the intercultural approach to language teaching and learning proposed by Liddicoat, as well as the intercultural foreign language instruction paradigm developed by Borghetti. This study utilized a qualitative case study methodology to explore the perspectives and intercultural teaching techniques of instructors in two distinct educational environments. The research utilized both one-on-one interviews and classroom observations to illustrate the viewpoints and instructional methods of secondary EFL teachers with regard to intercultural pedagogy. The present investigation has determined that teachers perceive intercultural instruction as a novel pedagogical approach that plays a pivotal role in developing students' intercultural communicative proficiency. The insufficiencies experienced in the classroom were attributed to the instructors' insufficient comprehension of intercultural pedagogy, as was disclosed. The study suggests that it would be beneficial for the Indonesian EFL curriculum to integrate intercultural pedagogy in a precise and explicit manner.



Author Information
Fitri Agustin, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia
Nenden Sri Lengkanawati, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia
Fazri Nur Yusuf, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia

Paper Information
Conference: ACEID2024
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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Posted by James Alexander Gordon