The Place of Culture in Iranian ELT Textbooks at the High School Level

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The present study is an attempt to investigate the way culture is addressed in ELT in Iran in general and the place of culture in ELT at the high school level of education in particular. Throughout the study, this issue was examined with reference to the relevant theoretical background, and the content analysis of prescribed English textbooks. The research findings make it clear that the current materials or textbooks are shallow and superficial with respect to their treatment of culture. They are therefore inadequate to the task of teaching culture specifics in the deeper sense (values, norms, beliefs, etc.) or culture-general skills such as intercultural communication and understanding.