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The Textbook - Servant or Master?: A Study of the Role of Textbooks in English Second Language Learning in Swedish High Schools
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Textbooks are considered an integral part of language teaching-learning. The aim of the present study is to investigate the relationship between textbooks and teachers as well as students. Through the use of a mixed methodology by combining interviews with teachers (a qualitative element) and a survey questionnaire for students (a quantitative element) the present study intends to provide an answer to the research question: What is the role of textbooks in English second language learning in Swedish high schools? More specifically the study aims to examine the advantages and disadvantages of ESL textbooks as well as compare differences between how ESL textbooks are used in Sweden and other countries. Lastly, the study will also investigate what changes need to be made to ESL textbooks in Swedish high schools. The results of the study indicate several advantages and disadvantages with the use of textbooks. The advantages of textbooks afford teachers short-term benefits in the form of inspiration, ready-made material and a framework for the course and curriculum. The disadvantages of textbooks are the need for adaptation and modification to fit course criteria as well as learner group and situation which present as long-term problems that require time, knowledge and skill to overcome. Analysis of the results presents the question of whether or not the short-term benefits of textbooks are substantial enough to justify the time it takes for teachers to modify and adapt them as no textbook is perfect for every learner group or situation. In conclusion, the study shows that textbooks are best considered temporary servants that in the hands of their masters, the teachers, are best utilized to build a comprehensive language teaching-learning environment that better enables students to learn and utilize the English language.

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2019. , p. 25
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-29156OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-29156DiVA, id: diva2:1281651
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Upper Secondary Teacher Education Programme
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Available from: 2019-02-15 Created: 2019-01-22 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved

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