International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

An Evaluation of a Global ELT Textbook in Iran: A Two-phase Approach
Saeedeh Shafiee Nahrkhalaji

Abstract
This paper discusses the merits and demerits of EFL textbooks and describes two different types of textbooks used in Iran. It presents a two-phase scheme for evaluation which contains whilst-use and post-use evaluation. This framework can be used to draw up a checklist of items relevant to second language teaching. Every criterion in each phase of the evaluation was scrutinized at a time by using planned instruments to obtain greater reliability. In the first phase the mnemonic ASPECT represents some of the main features observed in the language classroom. In the second phase, the actual outcomes of the materials on the users were examined with a focus on long-term effects of the materials. The proposed scheme was applied to evaluate a common global textbook to determine the overall pedagogical value and suitability of the material. The results of the evaluation can help ELT teachers to make decisions about adaptation and adoption of the materials. The writer also proposes a number of recommendations in relation to the evaluation, development and application of materials for language learning.

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