A model for evaluating textbooks

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Hatoss, Aniko. 2004. "A model for evaluating textbooks." Babel. 39 (2), pp. 25-32.
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A model for evaluating textbooks

ERA Journal ID9284
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorHatoss, Aniko
Journal TitleBabel
Journal Citation39 (2), pp. 25-32
Number of Pages8
Year2004
Place of PublicationMt. Lawley, Australia
ISSN0005-3503
Web Address (URL)http://www.afmlta.asn.au/afmlta/babel.htm
Abstract

Teaching culture and developing intercultural sensitivity have become the main
concerns for language educators who prepare learners for the challenges of a
‘globalised’ world. This paper presents a model which can be used for
evaluating language textbooks in terms of their efficiency and adequacy in
teaching culture and in developing intercultural skills. The model is based on
current theories of culture, theories of language learning, and of interculturality.
Although the discussion is placed within the context of English language learning
and teaching, the model is also useful for teachers of other languages and
language program developers who need to select appropriate materials for
enhancing cultural learning as part of language learning. It can be equally
valuable in the context of culturally diverse groups of students and monolingual
homogeneous classes where exposure to the target culture or other cultures is
highly restricted. While it is recognised that cultural phenomena cannot be
restricted to and fitted nicely into a rigid framework, the proposed model offers a
starting point for discussion on culture teaching through language textbooks.

Keywordsteaching culture, language textbook evaluation, intercultural language teaching
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470401. Applied linguistics and educational linguistics
470411. Sociolinguistics
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