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A Corpus-based Evaluation of College English Textbooks in China: From the Perspective of Cultural Functions

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DOI: 10.23977/langl.2022.050606 | Downloads: 14 | Views: 126


Ruozhu Peng 1, Meiqi Xu 1, Zhen Zeng 1


1 School of Foreign Languages, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, 610500, China

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Zhen Zeng


The development of the new era has put forward strict knowledge requirements, quality requirements, and ability requirements for the cultivation of foreign language majors. The requirements of the times for foreign language talent provide an important basis for examining the cultural functions of English textbooks. This paper uses AntConc software to process data on the presentation of Chinese culture in a corpus of English intensive reading materials for English majors, and to explore the alignment of the design of cultural exercises with Hanvey's four levels of intercultural awareness cultivation goals. Results suggest that the Chinese cultural elements are not adequately presented in this set of textbooks, whereas the culture-related exercises in the textbook are designed in accordance with Harvey's cross-cultural awareness theory. 


Corpus-Based, English Textbook, Cultural Elements, Cross-Cultural Awareness


Ruozhu Peng, Meiqi Xu, Zhen Zeng, A Corpus-based Evaluation of College English Textbooks in China: From the Perspective of Cultural Functions . Lecture Notes on Language and Literature (2022) Vol. 5: 36-43. DOI:


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