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English language textbooks evaluation in Pakistan

Aftab, Asma (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

This multidimensional study comprehensively explores the English language textbook situation in Pakistan in five stages utilizing mixed methods approach. Two preliminary stages were small scale – a survey of the English language requirements and interviews of the officials involved in sanctioning and publishing textbooks. The main stages were the critical examination of the English curricula and syllabi, the survey of the views of the textbook users, and the detailed coursebook evaluation. The evaluation criteria checklists and questionnaires employed during these stages were mainly based on the materials development, ‘needs analysis’ and curriculum design literature. The research highlighted shortcomings in the overall educational arena and these weaknesses are assumed to be indirectly responsible for the poor standard of English prevailing in the country. The curriculum and textbook policies were found to be inadequate. Generally the teachers/administrators lacked critical, in-depth and practical understanding of language learning objectives, teaching techniques, syllabus design, and materials. By and large, the coursebooks overwhelmingly relied on controlled and artificial activities to teach English. In conclusion, suggested improvements in the curriculum development process, teachers and textbook writers training programmes and, importantly, the prescribed coursebooks can in the long run aid in facilitating English language acquisition in the Pakistani learners.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Kennedy, Christopher
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:School of English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies
Subjects:DS Asia
L Education (General)
LT Textbooks
PE English
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3454
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