The significance of knowing a foreign language to communicate with people of other nations has never been so crucial since the beginning of humanity. The increase in interactions among nations, and possibilities of communicating with people of various nations gave rise to a foreign language to come to the forefront which has been English for a long time. No language has achieved the success of English so far, and in that, intense globalization plays a big part as well as English being the language of technology, trade, art, finance, economy etc. all of which paved the way for English as a lingua franca (ELF). Whereas English is the medium of communication for everyone today and culture cannot be separated from the language itself, it is considered unnecessary to teach only native culture because of the prevalence of non-native to non-native interactions. Therefore, intercultural communicative competence has come into prominence and this notion focuses on developing intercultural communicative skills of English as a Foreign Language learners. As textbooks are the dominant foreign language teaching materials, it is necessary to examine the common ones to test whether they apply to the teaching of intercultural skills. The present study aims to investigate if the English textbooks used in all departments of a university include intercultural elements. This study is a descriptive study which is based on content-analysis. The findings of the study revealed that the textbooks ‘English File Elementary and Pre-intermediate’ are not satisfactory to enhance intercultural communicative competence and need revision.
communication, foreign language, intercultural competence, interculturality, textbooks
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