Taiwanese University Students’ Retrospective Evaluation of a Textbook in Use


In Taiwanese EFL contexts, textbooks play an important role in the classroom. As teachers, textbooks provide learners with a resource of L2 input either in the classroom or outside the classroom. A recently published textbook, Reading Time: A Strategic Approach to Reading in English, needs to be evaluated from the perspective of its users. The purpose of this study is to examine how student users perceive this textbook and its effect on their English learning through conducting a questionnaire survey in the research context. The questionnaire was developed by the researcher according to the aim of the study, and the quantitative data was collected from eight Level 2 English classes at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and then analyzed by using SPSS 23.0 in 2018. The research findings reveal that the student participants reflected positively on this textbook and its effect of helping them learn English at Wenzao. Based on their written comments in response to three open-ended questions in the questionnaire, some suggestions regarding textbook modifications to be done in the future have been made for textbook developers. The present study also addresses the needs of carrying out further research on the evaluation of the textbook from different perspectives.

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Szu An Chen, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan

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Conference: CHER-HongKong2018
Stream: Questing for innovation and entrepreneurship: Curriculum design and student learning

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