Developing English Language Skills and Confidence Using Local Culture-Based Materials in EFL Curriculum

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Hussien Alakrash, Bushra Edam, Elaf Bustan, Moustafa Armnazi, Ayman Enayat, Taif Bustan

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Local culture-based teaching and learning is potential learning with emphasizes and integrates culture locally in curriculum. Local culture-based learning through raises up students’ appreciation of their local culture. This paper investigated the impact of local culture-based curriculum on English language students’ skills development and confidence. The primary objective of curriculum is to improve students’ language competency and imparting an awareness of the local culture among students. Familiarity with the local cultural elements affords a schema to ease communicating and learning English language. The study used the Iraqi school curriculum of English language as a model. Fully quantitative research designed using two questionnaire surveys were conducted with 200 students and 30 teachers from 15 government schools. The students had six years of exposure to the local culture-based curriculum contents. The data were analysed descriptively using SPSS25.0 software. The findings of the study showed that students’ skills were highly improved due to the high level of confidence. On the light of the findings, the study recommends that local culture-based curriculum can be used as a medium to develop EFL student’s language learning.

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