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IJIET 2015 Vol.5(9): 676-682 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2015.V5.591

Developing Young Learners‟ Local Culture Awareness and Global English: Integrated Instruction

Budsaba Kanoksilapatham

Abstract—This study highlights the positive impact of integrated instruction of local culture and global English. A school and a historical temple in Thailand were the premises of this study. To examine the impact of local culture instruction, a test was constructed and administered to a class of Grade 4 students in the first and last lessons of the five-week instruction. To assess the students’ English ability, a tour guide simulation activity was organized upon completion of the instruction. Finally, to examine the students’ attitude towards the integrated instruction, a mini-questionnaire was administered. The students had significantly higher gain scores regarding the knowledge of their local culture and were able to successfully perform the role of a tour guide at the monastery site. Finally, all students expressed their positive attitude towards the integrated instruction and activities employed. This study demonstrates a crucial step towards the national AEC integration in 2015.

Index Terms—English, Thailand, local culture, young learners.

Budsaba Kanoksilapatham is with the English Department, Faculty of Arts, Silpakorn University, Nakhon Pathom, CO 73000 Thailand (e-mail: kanoksib@hotmail.com).


Cite: Budsaba Kanoksilapatham, "Developing Young Learners‟ Local Culture Awareness and Global English: Integrated Instruction," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 5, no. 9, pp. 676-682, 2015.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Jon-Chao Hong
  • Managing Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
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