Issues in Coursebook Evaluation


Issues in Coursebook Evaluation takes a theory to practice approach with emphasis on theoretical underpinnings that lead into practical aspects of the processes of evaluating English language coursebooks. The ten reader-friendly chapters contributed by outstanding scholars cover fundamental concepts in book evaluation which turn this work to a valuable resource book in applied linguistics. The topics covered include the need to evaluate books (why, who, how and when), language learners’ needs, evaluating language and content of coursebooks, evaluating teaching aids, intercultural and socio-cultural perspectives in coursebooks and their evaluation, how to evaluate the authenticity of conversations in ESL textbooks, evaluating ESP textbooks, e-textbook evaluation, and the influence of research on materials evaluation.

Contributors are: Maryam Azarnoosh, Saleh Al-Busaidi, Darío Luis Banegas, Martin Cortazzi, Akram Faravani, Lixian Jin, Hamid Reza Kargozari, Mahboobeh Khosrojerdi, Thom Kiddle, Jayakaran Mukundan, Vahid Nimehchisalem, Golnaz Peyvandi, Seyed Ali Rezvani Kalajahi, Carlos Rico-Troncoso, Lilia Savova, Abdolvahed Zarifi, and Mitra Zeraatpishe.

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Biographical Note

Maryam Azarnoosh with over 18 years teaching experience is the head of English Department and an assistant professor of TEFL at Semnan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Iran. She was dean of Faculty of Humanities and head of Educated Women Council.

Mitra Zeraatpishe is an assistant professor at Islamic Azad University, Mashhad Branch, Iran. She received her Ph.D. in TEFL from Islamic Azad University, Tabriz branch. She has 10 years teaching experience and her research interests include SLA, psycholinguistics, teaching methodologies, and teaching skills.

Akram Faravani is an assistant professor at Islamic Azad University, Mashhad Branch, Iran. She received her Ph.D. in TEFL from IAU, Science and Research Branch, Tehran. With 10 years teaching experience, she is interested in SLA, language testing, syllabus designing and materials development.

Hamid Reza Kargozari is an assistant professor at Tabaran Institute of Higher Education, Iran. His current research interests cover issues in psycholinguistics, materials development and sociolinguistics. He has been involved in a range of projects in these areas.

Table of contents

List of Figures and Tables

1. WH Questions in Book Evaluation: Why, How, When, and Who?
Vahid Nimehchisalem
2. Learners’ Needs in Materials Evaluation
Saleh Al-Busaidi
3. Evaluating Language and Content in Coursebooks
Darío Luis Banegas
4. Evaluating Teaching Aids
Thom Kiddle
5. Talking about Language Competences: Towards an Intercultural Approach to Language Teaching
Carlos Rico-Troncoso
6. Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Coursebook Evaluation
Martin Cortazzi and Lixian Jin
7. Conversation Analysis Criteria for Evaluating the Authenticity of ESL Textbook Conversations
Lilia Savova
8. Evaluation of ESP Textbooks
Maryam Azarnoosh, Mahboobeh Khosrojerdi and Mitra Zeraatpishe
9. E-textbook Evaluation Criteria Revisited
Hamid Reza Kargozari, Golnaz Peyvandi and Akram Faravani
10. What Real Benefits Have We Had from Research on ELT Materials Evaluation?
Jayakaran Mukundan, Seyed Ali Rezvani Kalajahi and Abdolvahed Zarifi

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Language teachers, professionals, researchers and TEFL graduate and post-graduate students interested in textbook evaluation may gain a comprehensive understanding of concepts and practical issues in evaluating language materials specifically textbooks.

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