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Palgrave Macmillan

English Language Teaching Textbooks

Content, Consumption, Production

ISBN 9781137276278
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

English language teaching textbooks (or coursebooks, as they are sometimes known) play a central role in the life of a classroom and in many contexts constitute the syllabus the teacher is expected to follow. However, there is a need to extend and strengthen research in this area. Following a substantial state-of-the-art survey of research on ELT textbooks and a discussion of appropriate methods to study them, this volume contains chapters focusing on: 1. analysis of textbook content; 2. how textbooks are used in the English language classroom, and 3. textbook writers' accounts of the materials writing, design, and publishing process.

Written by an international cast of teachers and textbook writers working in the UK, the USA, Japan, Spain, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia, this volume features a balance of theory and practice and refers to both general English and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) textbooks used around the world.

Nigel Harwood is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex, UK. His research interests include Academic Writing, Writing Pedagogy, EAP, Materials Design and Corpus-Driven Pedagogy. Nigel's previous publications include the edited volume English Language Teaching Materials: Theory and Practice. He is co-editor of the journal English for Specific Purposes.

1. Content, Consumption, And Production: Three Levels of Textbook Research; Nigel Harwood
2. All Middle Class Now? Evolving Representations of the Working Class in the Neoliberal Era - The Case of ELT Textbooks; John Gray and David Block
3. Reading Comprehension Questions: The Distribution of Different Types in Global EFL Textbooks; Diana Freeman
4. Teaching English Reading: What's Included in the Textbooks of Pre-Service General Education Teachers?; L. Quentin Dixon, Shuang Wu, Renata Burgess-Brigham, R. Malatesha Joshi, Emily Binks-Cantrell, and Erin Washburn
5. Teachers' Conceptualization and Use of the Textbook on a Medical English Course; Ahlam Menkabu and Nigel Harwood
6. An Experienced Teacher's Use of the Textbook on an Academic English Course: A Case Study; Fotini Grammatosi and Nigel Harwood
7. Global Textbooks in Local Contexts: An Empirical Investigation of Effectiveness; Gregory Hadley
8. Writing Materials for Publication: Questions Raised and Lessons Learned; Ivor Timmis
9. An Interdisciplinary Textbook Project: Charting The Paths Taken; Fredricka L. Stoller and Marin S. Robinson
10. Tensions Between the Old and the New in EAP Textbook Revision: A Tale Of Two Projects; Christine B. Feak and John M. Swales
11. Chaosmos: Spontaneity and Order in the Materials Design Process; Jill Hadfield

Emily Binks-Cantrell, Texas A&M University, USA
David Block, Universitat de Lleida, Spain
Renata Burgess-Brigham, Texas A&M University, USA
L. Quentin Dixon, Texas A&M University, USA
Christine Feak, University of Michigan, USA
Diana Freeman, University of Essex, UK
Fotini Grammatosi, University of Essex, UK
John Gray, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
Jill Hadfield, Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Gregory Hadley, University of Oxford, UK
Nigel Harwood, University of Essex, UK
R. Malatesha (Malt) Joshi, Texas A&M University, USA
Ahlam Menkabu, University of Essex, UK
Marin S. Robinson, Northern Arizona University, USA
Fredricka L. Stoller, Northern Arizona University, USA
John M. Swales, University of Michigan, USA
Ivor Timmis, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Erin Washburn, Binghamton University, USA
Shuang Wu, Texas A&M University, USA


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