Issues and Options in Textbook Development, Selection and Consumption


posted by Jürgen Kurtz, Justus Liebig University (JLU) Giessen, Germany

Textbooks play an important role in foreign and second language learning and teaching. In many instructional contexts, they constitute the syllabus teachers are inclined (or even expected) to follow. Furthermore, exams are often based on textbook content (see Harwood 2013: 2). Viewed from this perspective, I think that textbooks need to be given much more attention in research, in pre-service and in-service teacher education.

The following presentation builds on textbook research conducted in many countries, including Germany (click on image to open). Please feel free to use it in your professional context, but consider it as work in progress.

Textbooks

More to come on this, stay tuned …

Harwood, Nigel (ed.) (2013). English Language Teaching Textbooks. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

3 responses to “Issues and Options in Textbook Development, Selection and Consumption

  1. Just a brief note to say that this was a brilliant presentation! I found the comparison of ‘mainstream’ terminology and the terminology used in German education especially useful in showing subtle differences in perspective. Thanks for sharing!

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