ERIC Number: EJ832751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
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What Makes a Coursebook Series Stand the Test of Time?
ELT Journal, v63 n2 p145-153 Apr 2009
Intriguingly, at a time when the ELT market is inundated with state-of-the-art coursebooks teaching modern-day English, a 30-year-old series enjoys continuing popularity in some secondary schools in Hungary. Why would teachers, several of whom are school-based teacher-mentors in the vanguard of the profession, purposefully choose materials which were published not years but decades ago? This paper attempts to find the reasons for their decision and argues for the importance of pedagogically appropriate texts. It confirms the view that it is not necessary for a piece to be written by native speakers for native speakers in order to be authentic in the classroom context. The study also suggests that texts which display qualities that works of literature possess can not only successfully engage and motivate learners but stand the test of time as well.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Textbooks, Teaching Methods, Media Selection, Material Development, Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Hungary