Global Skills in Local English Textbook Materials: A Textbook Analysis

Speaker:Yuni Budi Lestari| Location:Room 11| Date:August 13, 2016| Time:3:50 - 4:20 pm

Abstract

As English has gained its status as a lingua franca in this globalized world, fostering English culture is no longer desirable as the key goal of English language learning. Using local culture in ELT is therefore relevant since not only does it allow students to learn their own culture essential for their enjoyable social life, but it also promotes students’ engagement in learning English indispensable to development of their English skills required for worldwide communication. In this way they would “act locally and think globally”. This paper explores how well materials containing local culture in an Indonesian government published English textbook serve as a pedagogical tool for developing students’ communicative competence in English. Through excerpts from the mandated English textbook entitled “Ring the Bell” intended for Junior High School students Grade 1, the author analyzes images, texts and tasks in the textbook with respect to their roles for creating opportunities for students to use English communicatively. This article makes a case that images, texts and tasks should be make explicit to engage students in English learning contributing to their achievement of communication skills in English.

Biography

172-Yuni-Budi-LestariYuni Budi Lestari graduated and earned her Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Sydney Australia in 2004. She is a lecturer at English Department of School of Education, the University of Mataram, Indonesia and her responsibilities include teaching, research and community services. Her subjects specialize on curriculum studies, syllabus and material design, cross-cultural communication, ELT program management and materials development. She is now doing her PhD in Education (TESOL) at the University of Queensland Australia with her research concerned with culture and English language teaching.

Category: Day 3 | August 13, 2016, Presenter Schedule

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