Lecture: Anglophone Cultural Domination and Teaching Interculturality in EFL
Examining Teachers’ Practices
One manifestation of Southern spaces’ postcolonial malaise is their linguistic dependency on other international languages. This presentation recognizes Morocco as a Southern space whose linguistic situation is dominated by foreign languages. In particular, as Morocco has been trying to overcome its postcolonial positionality that is characterized by the supremacy of the French language, English is increasingly gaining more popularity and greater status. That is why it is safe to argue that English would present an additional threat to local languages and cultures. This presentation will present the findings of a qualitative study that involves classroom observations of English language high school teachers and university professors. The aim was to examine how teachers deal with the possible superiority of Anglophone cultures with regards to local ones. Findings revealed that teachers’ practices reflected an implicitly preferential representation of Anglophone cultures as they taught culture and interculturality through comparison with Moroccan cultures.