International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

An Analysis of Culture-Related Content in English Textbooks for Iranian Students Entitled ‘Prospect’ and ‘Vision’ Series
Parviz Ajideh PhD, Malek Panahi

The treatment of culture in ELT textbooks has a considerable impact on students’ understanding of cultures. The present study is intended to examine the cultural representation in ELT text books used in Iran. Throughout the study, this issue was put under investigation using Ramirez and Halls’ modified version model. The study revealed that the textbook developers had only home culture in their minds which is inadequate in fostering intercultural communicative competence and with respect to their culture treatments, there are no considerable differences among the textbooks: That is, a similar condition was observed. Throughout the textbooks, ‘pictures’ with source culture references and sentences in ‘conversation’ sections also with home culture references covered the largest portions and only rare of the target culture appeared.

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