Intercultural Topics in the Indonesian English Language Teaching Classroom: Contextualizing Local and Neutral Cultures to Target and Global Cultures

Marwa Marwa, Bambang Yudi Cahyono, Mohammad Adnan Latief, Johannes Ananto Prayogo


Recently, there has been a phenomenon of reclaiming cultures other than those of the target language in English language teaching (ELT). This qualitative research explores intercultural topics in Indonesian ELT classrooms that are shown along with the target and global cultures. The research involves four English teachers from two Indonesian universities who have intercultural experience studying in universities overseas. Data were collected through observational fieldnotes, interview guides, audio recordings, and compilation of documents. The study reveals that local and neutral culture topics have functioned as templates to contextualize target and global cultures in Indonesian ELT classrooms in order to develop students’ intercultural awareness of local, target, and global cultures.

    ELT classrooms, target culture, global culture, intercultural experience, intercultural topics

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Marwa Marwa (Primary Contact)
Bambang Yudi Cahyono
Mohammad Adnan Latief
Johannes Ananto Prayogo
Author Biographies

Marwa Marwa, Universitas Lancang Kuning, Jalan Yos Sudarso, KM. 8, Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia

Marwa Marwa is a doctoral candidate in ELT at Universitas Negeri Malang, East Java. She is a lecturer in the Department of English Education at Universitas Lancang Kuning in Riau. Her research focuses on interculturally competent English teachers’ teaching practices in Indonesian EFL higher-education institutions.

Bambang Yudi Cahyono, Universitas Lancang Kuning and Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia

Bambang Yudi Cahyono is a professor in the doctoral program in ELT of Universitas Negeri Malang. His research interests focus on applied linguistics, TEFL, CALL, contrastive rhetoric, teaching of English writing and plagiarism.

Mohammad Adnan Latief, Universitas Lancang Kuning and Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia

Mohammad Adnan Latief is a senior professor in the doctoral program in ELT of Universitas Negeri Malang. He has done much research in the areas of teaching and learning, research methodology, academic writing, assessment, pedagogy, curriculum and instruction.

Johannes Ananto Prayogo, Universitas Lancang Kuning and Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia

Johannes Ananto Prayogo is a lecturer in the doctoral program in ELT of Universitas Negeri Malang. His scholarly efforts include language-skill courses, literary appreciation, TEFL and the teaching of poetry.

Marwa, M., Cahyono, B. Y., Latief, M. A., & Prayogo, J. A. (2021). Intercultural Topics in the Indonesian English Language Teaching Classroom: Contextualizing Local and Neutral Cultures to Target and Global Cultures. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 21(1), 34–45.

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