From home culture to intercultural knowledge base: implications for TESOL materials design

| August 12, 2014
From home culture to intercultural knowledge base: implications for TESOL materials design

Keywords: culture, cultural imperialism, cultural re-imperialism, intercultural knowledge base, materials design

Md. Maksud Ali
International Islamic University Chittagong, Bangladesh


Ann L. Walker
University of Essex, United Kingdom


Md. Maksud Ali is a Lecturer in the Department of English at International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC), Bangladesh where he teaches writing skills, ELT Methodology, Research Methodology, Foundations of TEFL and Language Testing modules. He did his MA in TESOL at the University of Essex, UK. His interests includes: Syllabus Design, TESOL Materials and Methodology, Feedback and L2 Literacy Development, ELT in the Periphery, Collaboration within TESOL curriculum, and Teacher Education. E-mail:

Ann Walker is a retired Senior Lecturer from the University of Essex where she designed and led the MATESOL. She taught modules including Materials and Methods, English Language Teaching Methodology and Teaching English for Specific Purposes. She has supervised both MA and Ph.D. students. Earlier in her career she taught at Primary and Secondary Level; EAP and ESP for: Doctors, Diplomats, Business, the Military and the Police. She has worked in the UK, Norway, France, Greece, Malta, Poland and Romania. E-mail:



This paper focuses on the relationship between a language and its culture and will critically examine arguments for the incorporation of the target culture in TESOL teaching and learning together with teaching materials. The aim of the model suggested here is to enable the learners to develop an intercultural understanding of the target language which can be applied to e.g. business communication where English is used as the language of communication amongst different nationalities.

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