What makes an EFL textbook effective?: learner perceptions about characteristics of effective EFL textbooks

Hopa, Merve
This study was carried out to investigate learner perceptions as to what constitutes an effective EFL textbook generally, in terms of grammar and vocabulary, four basic skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking), and communicative content. To this end, a mixed method of inquiry was adopted, and 117 participants (93 male, 24 female; mean age: 19.78) participated the study by filling out a questionnaire that was prepared by the researcher in addition to 12 people who took part in the semi-structured interviews. Interview participants were chosen among those who also responded to the questionnaires. The data showed that even though learners are not knowledgeable about textbook selection and evaluation, they were well aware of what an effective EFL textbook should be like both in the global and local sense. The results obtained via questionnaires and interviews are presented in a way that they complement each other, and all suggestions are collated and a tentative textbook evaluation checklist was proposed. Based on the results of this study, some implications for ELT are provided as well as suggestions for further research.


The development of pragmatic competence: a study on requests
Yumun, Elif; Zeyrek Bozşahin, Deniz; Department of English Literature (2008)
The purpose of the study was to investigate the pragmatic competence of Turkish learners of English in requests at two levels of English proficiency. Another aspect of the study was to identify the overall and situational proficiency of the learners in performing the speech act of requests and to figure out development and transfer factors. Additionally, the extent to which the changing social variables of power and distance in each of the situations and through the situations affect the learners’ request b...
Facilitating english as a foreign language learners’ vocabulary learning, task completion and contextual vocabulary exploration processes in a mobile supported situated learning environment
Uz Bilgin, Çiğdem; Tokel, Saniye Tuğba; Yalçın, Şenöm Tuğba; Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology (2016)
The aim of this study was to investigate how vocabulary learning, task completion, and contextual vocabulary exploration processes of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners can be facilitated in a mobile supported situated learning environment. METU Science and Technology Museum which is a large, open space populated with interactive science exhibits was chosen as an authentic learning environment. Mobile system which includes instructions of the experiments and also provides dictionary and visual def...
The effect of “please” strategy training through the self-regulated strategy development (srsd) model on fifth grade efl students’ descriptive writing : strategy training on planning
Akıncılar, Vildan; Gürbüz, Nurdan; Department of English Language Teaching (2010)
This study aims to investigate the effects of the “ PLEASE” (a general paragraph writing strategy ) writing strategy instruction through the Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) model on descriptive writing of fifth grade English language learners studying in a private primary school in Istanbul. The current study specifically focuses on if instruction on pre-writing planning through the SRSD model results in improvements in students’ written products, planning behaviors and self-beliefs as writers. F...
Standardized testing for transition to high schools: teachers ́ perceptions of how national tests influence teaching and learning in middle schools english classes
Ekiz, Hatice; Yıldırım, Ali.; Department of Curriculum and Instruction (2019)
The purpose of this research study is to identify the impact of national tests on teaching and learning in middle school English classes through teachers’ perceptions. Through a phenomenological design, semi-structured interviews were used to gather data with 24 in-service teachers working in public and private middle schools in Denizli. The data were analysed through the emerging themes and codes within the scope of research questions. Similarities and differences between public and private middle schools ...
A proverb in need is a proverb indeed: Proverbs, textbooks and communicative language ability
Hatipoğlu, Çiler (Education Association of South Africa, 2020-02-01)
In the study reported here we focus on proverbs in English Language Teaching (ELT) coursebooks and how the pithy structure and the "wisdom"-loaded content of proverbs can contribute to the development of foreign language learners' communicative competence as defined by Bachman (1990). We discuss how the most frequently used coursebooks in the context of English as a foreign language (EFL) were identified through a questionnaire administered to 127 first and fourthyear EFL pre-service teachers. We also show ...
Citation Formats
M. Hopa, “What makes an EFL textbook effective?: learner perceptions about characteristics of effective EFL textbooks,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. English Language Teaching., Middle East Technical University, 2019.