Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2001

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

Abstract

This study compares ESL textbooks used Hauptschule, Realschule and Gymnasium classrooms across Bavaria, Germany. To make these comparisons, textbooks were collected and evaluated by a newly created evaluation tool. Essential components of textbooks were determined while properties of test usefulness and the possible TLU's of learners were examined and incorporated into the new evaluation tool. Texts were examined by the detailed completion of questions posed in the evaluation tool. The findings show that Bavarian ESL textbooks do seem to take into account the possible TLU's of their learners and tend to limit the difficulty level of the materials based on level and school type. Overall the textbooks are well designed, but some have distracting features such as poor design, uninteresting topics and biased and/or offensive language. These findings will be useful to ESL teachers and materials writers who are interested in determining textbooks that most fit learner's needs. This research also contains many applications for further research into materials evaluation.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-7128

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Chris Ashley Fox

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

117 pages

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