Embracing Global Voices: An Exploration of Thai Teachers’ Attitudes and Practices on Culturally Diverse ELT Materials in a Northern Thai University

Rutthaphak Huttayavilaiphan (1)
(1) University of Phayao , Thailand

Abstract

This research explored how teachers at a Thai university integrated cultural elements into English Language Teaching (ELT) materials. Employing interviews, document analysis and classroom observations, the study investigated teachers’ attitudes and practices in the culturally diverse environment of Thailand. Preliminary findings revealed a division among teachers: while many focused on native English speaker (NES) cultures, there was a growing trend towards representing a broader array of global cultures. Teachers’ approaches to cultural content were shaped by their cultural backgrounds, institutional policies, and student feedback. Some prioritized NES cultures for enhanced comprehension, while others advocated for a more inclusive curriculum. These findings underscored the need for a balanced approach in integrating cultural elements into ELT resources, considering the diverse influences of stakeholders in the educational process. The study suggested the development of culturally diverse materials, training for teachers on cultural nuances, and fostering discussions about the role of cultural diversity in language teaching. These findings contributed to the ongoing discourse on English language instruction and provided practical guidance for teachers and policymakers in a globalized educational context.

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Rutthaphak Huttayavilaiphan
rutthaphak.hu@up.ac.th (Primary Contact)
Huttayavilaiphan, R. Embracing Global Voices: An Exploration of Thai Teachers’ Attitudes and Practices on Culturally Diverse ELT Materials in a Northern Thai University . Journal of Intercultural Communication, 24(3). https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v24i3.813

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