Evaluation of EFL Textbooks from Teachers Viewpoints on the Ninth Grade High School Prospect3 Based on Ghorbani’s Checklist

Safoora Sadeghi

Abstract


The present study aimed to investigate teachers’ attitude towards the third-grade secondary school new English textbook called “Prospects 3”. To this end, 25 teachers from different High schools in Minab took part in the study. The selection of participants was based on convenient sampling. In order to collect relevant data for the study a textbook evaluation checklist formed by Ghorbani which consisted of 42 items about four aspects of textbooks, including: Aims and achievements, Skills, Language Type, and Technical considerations were administered to teachers. The researcher used a mixed method for the study. The data was subjected to analysis through descriptive statistics. Findings indicated that although the book has some strong sides, teachers pointed to major weaknesses in textbook in terms of lack of glossary list, shortage of time to cover the stated objectives and a need to recycling the newly learned vocabularies in subsequent lessons. Finally, the result of the study revealed that with respect to this new formed ELT textbook, teachers had more positive attitudes towards aims and achievements, skills, and technical considerations of the book. The findings also revealed that EFL teachers showed the least positive attitude towards Language type, and this study can be important for EFL teachers and learners in Iran. This finding has important implication for teachers since it makes them more aware of the in-depth evaluation and examination of the textbook they are dealing with.


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evaluation, textbook, teachers' attitude, case study

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