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Finals #3: Textbook Evaluation

This week I’m facing the finals of the last year of Basic English Linguistics and Didactics studies. Two birds with one stone, I’m going to write about the exams as a resume for preparing to the modules, as a personal comment on the level and as a whole impression of the year or three years…

After evaluating the coursebooks, let’s evaluate the courses of coursebook evaluation, MUHAHAHA
In fact, this module and especially the last semester’s TEACHING METHODOLOGY preceding module are my favorite this year, thanks to the good teacher. The teacher was refreshing and well-prepared during the whole year; however, she always gave us a section from different books to read before c lass, then she only explained it in her manner. But the magic hides in her teaching manner; she always smiles and encourages you. During the class, you feel yourself in a first year elementary school where the teacher is kind, speaks slowly with a musical voice and gives compliments… Hahaha. So good. 👍

About the subject, textbook evaluation is a quite easy and logical field. You only need to ask some questions “why the coursebook is written?” “what purpose?” “for whom?” “from what material?” “how expensive it is?” “is it easily available?” “is it sufficient?” etc…
Also, we shall face the advantages and disadvantages of textbooks.
Pros: students have strong credibility in them because usually they answer their need in terms of content and expense. They are less time, cost and quality defective than teacher-generated materials. Then, it provides learners with a source on grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation… as well as with activities.
Cons: textbooks often reflect the pedagogic, psychological and linguistic preferences and bias of their authors and agencies. They can contain social, cultural and religious biases such as sexism or stereotypings. Actually, the target language’s culture is a vehicle of the language teaching that may result alienation or resistance to learning. Then, they are often too artificial and unnatural. They can deskill teacher from working.

The previous subject was #Methods that’s been way more interesting. It contains the very first teaching methodology until the newest one. In a nutshell, the first teaching method is the Grammar-Translation method in which people studied latin or german by roughly translating. Then, one of the newest one is the Comparative Teaching method that is looking for the students’ purposes of learning and their comfort at the same time.

This is for now… Next exam’s going to be Statistics at 9 o’clock.

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