Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number2.  June 2022                                           Pp.282-296

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Representation of Culture in EFL Textbooks: A Linguistic and Content Analysis of My
Book of English

Hayat Aoumeur
Department of English
Faculty of Foreign languages, Abdelhamid Ibn Badis University
Mostaganem, Algeria
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  Melouka Ziani
Department of English
Faculty of Foreign language, Abdelhamid Ibn Badis University
Mostaganem, Algeria


Received: 12/16/2021                       Accepted: 3/31/2022                          Published: 6/24/2022


This study explores the representation of culture in My Book of English, a second-generation English-language book for the first-year middle school in Algeria. Based on both content and a linguistic analysis method, our objective was to demonstrate the cultural significance of some representational choices. The notion of ideology was exploited in this study to examine the part that language takes in perpetuating ideas about culture, multiculturality, diversity, nationalism, and identity. According to the findings, cultural and social representations capture both the tendencies of cultural heritage preservation and the promotion of innovation and change. The analysis demonstrates that My Book of English acknowledges, to a certain extent, the role that English plays in the processes of internationalization and globalism. However, as a foreign language material, the book exaggeratedly highlights the source culture, making it difficult for the learners to transcend national boundaries.
Keywords: Algerian EFL textbook, culture, diversity, ideology, multiculturality, My Book of English, representations

Cite as:  Aoumeur, H., &   Ziani, M. (2022). Representation of Culture in EFL Textbooks: A Linguistic and Content
Analysis of My Book of English . Arab World English Journal, 13 (2)


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Received: 12/16/2021
Accepted: 3/31/2022    
Published: 6/24/2022 

Hayat AOUMEUR is an associate professor at the Department of English, Abdelhamid Ibn Badis University. She received her doctorate degree in sociolinguistics from The University of Mostaganem in 2015. Her research interests lie in the area of language and gender Studies, sociolinguistics, didactics and feminist/critical discourse studies.

Melouka ZIANI is an associate professor in didactics and educational psychology at Abdelhamiod Ibn Badis University. Her research interests turn around teaching and learning issues in EFL classes.
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