Considering culture in developing an EFL curriculum for K-8 learners in Turkey

Servet Çelik & Bilal Karaca, Karadeniz Technical University


Intercultural awareness is an important goal of foreign language education; but including culture in an English curriculum in a way that meets both the needs of learners and the aims of the learning program can be problematic. To demonstrate how program designers may address the issue, this study explores how pedagogy, contextual factors, and concerns about the teaching of home, target and other world cultures were considered in developing an English language curriculum for K-8 learners in Turkey. A model of the final implementation is presented, along with related materials.

Keywords: curriculum development, foreign language education, home culture, target culture, world culture