Teaching Deep Culture to Develop Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC) for EFL Pre-service Teachers


  • Ianatul Avifah Universitas Billfath, Lamongan, Indonesia
  • Nur Laily Lupita Sari Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, Malang, Indonesia




Deep Culture, Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC), EFL, Pre-service Teachers


In common, EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers primarily provide surface-level cultural knowledge to their pupils, who are then expected to use critical thinking to delve into the material. Unfortunately, Universitas Billfath's pre-service teacher education program experienced the same situation. However, candidates for language teachers should possess intercultural competency, which means they should learn about both visible and hidden aspects of culture. To prepare pre-service teachers for their future careers, this study suggests that they be taught profound cultural issues. This will help them to enhance their intercultural communicative competence (ICC). To be specific, this study began with a brief overview of the teaching context and participants. Additionally, a critical analysis of incorporating deep culture to develop ICC was examined. This article also provided an illustration of how the method of teaching deep culture is organized and the reasoning behind it.

Author Biographies

Ianatul Avifah, Universitas Billfath, Lamongan, Indonesia

Ianatul Avifah is a graduate of MA in TESOL with a pathway to Educational Technology at The University of Manchester, United Kingdom. She has a big interest in technology and language learning, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), and educational technology. She is currently working in the Department of English Language Education at Universitas Billfath, Indonesia. Her current research interests focus on language learning and technology, multimedia design and development, teacher education, and TEFL.

Nur Laily Lupita Sari, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, Malang, Indonesia

Nur Laily Lupita Sari finished her bachelor's and master's degree from Universitas Negeri Malang (UM) majoring in English Language Teaching program. She is currently a lecturer at Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang. Her research interest includes ELT, technology, and teacher professional development.


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How to Cite

Avifah, I., & Sari, N. L. L. (2024). Teaching Deep Culture to Develop Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC) for EFL Pre-service Teachers. EDUTREND: Journal of Emerging Issues and Trends in Education, 1(1), 28–38. https://doi.org/10.59110/edutrend.306
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