Culture in English Coursebooks: Essentialist or Non-essentialist?


Journal of Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture, vol.2, pp.96-106, 2010 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Title of Journal : Journal of Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture
  • Page Numbers: pp.96-106


The increasingly recognized importance of the status of English as an international language and its concomitant circumstances have brought about significant changes in the ways cultural issues are dealt with within the discourses of English language teaching. The major change which sets the scene for the present study concerns the conception of culture. Recent trends have highlighted the importance of a shift from an essentialist view of culture to a non-essentialist one. Within this climate, this study aims to unearth views of culture underlying a selected sample of coursebooks used in the teaching of English to adults in Turkey. Theoretically informed by the work of Holliday, Hyde and Kullman (2004), the paper presents a critical discourse analysis of the cultural content of the selected coursebooks.