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Analysis of the observational transcripts shows that teachers have taught lessons according to principles suggested in the NEC, and their use of TBLT is largely consistent with principles suggested in the curriculum guidance and TBLT literature. Due to information-sharing between teachers, suggested by NEC guidance, teachers may have applied NEC principles without being aware of them. Teachers, particularly top class teachers, are innovating in their teaching and maximizing the use of CLT activities in their classrooms.
The last two areas detail opportunities for face-to-face intercultural communication. Within the classroom the most common may be the experience of studying English with an English speaker from another culture. Local ELT teachers who have spent time in other countries can also provide information and offer outsider perspectives. Teachers can thus perform the role of cultural informant, presenting information on their respective cultures or those they are familiar with, as well as offering comparisons with the local culture.
Therefore, teachers have used textbooks new to them every year for the past ten years. Their complaint is that frequently changing textbook requires longer planning time, particularly because texts in the new textbooks are long. While the textbooks are being used as agents of methodological change (CMOEC, 2003), that function is not recognized by most teachers, who tend to regard the textbook as a carrier of language. Thus the frequent change of textbooks is taken by many teachers as a sign of a lack of a long-term strategy by the CMOEC.
Innovating EFL Teaching in Asia by Theron Muller