Embracing Global Voices: An Exploration of Thai Teachers’ Attitudes and Practices on Culturally Diverse ELT Materials in a Northern Thai University

Rutthaphak Huttayavilaiphan (1)
(1) Department of English, School of Liberal Arts, University of Phayao, Phayao, Thailand

Abstract

In recent times, the advancement of technology and globalization has significantly impacted educational practices worldwide, making teaching and learning increasingly complex and interconnected. In the field of English Language Teaching (ELT), these changes have challenged traditional approaches and necessitated the integration of more culturally diverse materials to reflect the global usage of English. Against this backdrop, this study aims to investigate teachers’ attitudes toward cultural diversity and their representation of cultures in ELT materials at a Thai university. Situated in Thailand’s diverse cultural landscape, the research explores how teachers’ cultural backgrounds, institutional policies, and student feedback influence the selection and depiction of cultural content. Utilizing a qualitative approach that employs semi-structured interviews, document analysis, and classroom observations, the study seeks to uncover the extent to which global cultures are represented in their ELT materials. In addition, it aims to identify trends in teachers’ practices and perceptions, highlighting a potential shift towards a more inclusive curriculum that mirrors the global context of English language teaching and learning. Consequently, this study contributes to the broader discourse on the importance of cultural diversity in education, offering practical recommendations for educators and policymakers in globalized educational environments.

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Authors

Rutthaphak Huttayavilaiphan
rutthaphak.hu@up.ac.th (Primary Contact)
Author Biography

Rutthaphak Huttayavilaiphan, Department of English, School of Liberal Arts, University of Phayao, Phayao

Rutthaphak Huttayavilaipan is an Assistant Professor in English at the University of Phayao, Thailand, where he lectures in the Department of English, School of Liberal Arts. He earned his PhD in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching (ELT) from the University of Southampton, UK, in 2019. His research interests encompass Global English, World English, and English as a lingua franca, with a focus on intercultural communication, teachers' and students' beliefs, and teacher education. His work significantly contributes to the understanding and development of ELT in a global context.

Huttayavilaiphan, R. Embracing Global Voices: An Exploration of Thai Teachers’ Attitudes and Practices on Culturally Diverse ELT Materials in a Northern Thai University . Journal of Intercultural Communication, 24(3), 11–23. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v24i3.813

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