HISTORICAL TOPICS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEXTBOOKS AS A PART OF CULTURAL LITERACY
Peter Mikulas – Alena Mikulasova
The following paper deals with the cultural aspects in teaching English as a foreign language. It describes the current state of knowledge in this field claiming that foreign language education means more than a linguistic preparation. Teaching of foreign languages helps to shape personalities of learners and should develop the intercultural competence as well. Using quantitative analysis, we focused on a sample of three currently used textbooks intended for teaching English as foreign language at Slovak schools and the representation of historical topics. Attention was paid to historical period, geographical region and historical approach. This paper might be a starting point for further research on cultural aspect in English language textbooks and a basis for following qualitative analysis.
textbooks, culture in EFL, quantitative analysis, history