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ERIC Number: ED494162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Age, Gender and Social Class in ELT Coursebooks: A Critical Study
Arikan, Arda
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Recent trends in English Language Teaching (ELT) research necessitates the study of course books and instructional materials from various perspectives including but not limited to their cultural, social, and psychological qualities and effects (Kramsch 2000). Age, social class, and gender, as represented in course books are studied because teachers and students are exposed to many words and images effecting their knowledge, perceptions and world views. In this critical research study, visual materials in two ELT course books are studied by using the insight and perspective derived from Cunningsworth (1995) who had previously examined how age, social class, and gender were represented in ELT course books. It is believed that by focusing on how characters are depicted, possible injustice and imbalance these visual materials may transmit and strengthen stereotypical thinking in students' mindsets will be articulated, verbalized, and eventually solutions will be suggested. Findings revealed that many social imbalances were detectable in these visual materials both quantitatively and qualitatively. (Contains 4 tables.) [Title and abstract are provided in both English and Turkish. This paper was published in: Hacettepe Universitesi Egitim Fakultesi Dergisi 28: [2005] 29-38.]
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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