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ERIC Number: ED117953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
"Universal" Textbooks and English for Special Purposes.
Payne, Richard M.
Edutec, n6 p30-35 Jul 1975
This article points out the difficulties teachers have in selecting suitable materials for teaching English for special purposes. Universal textbooks, designed to suit all possible situations, are not specific enough. The article proposes ways in which a broader spectrum of materials might be obtained: (1) by producing textbooks with optional components, or (2) by producing a number of specialized textbooks. In the meantime, however, universal textbooks prevail, especially in developing countries, and the teacher is therefore burdened with the extra task of adapting these textbooks to specific situations. Suggestions are made for an approach to adaptation, and an example of an adapted lesson is given. Spanish and English versions of the article are printed side by side. (TL)
Descriptors: English for Special Purposes, English (Second Language), Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Material Development, Teacher Developed Materials, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Selection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Autonomous Metropolitan Univ., Mexico City (Mexico).