‘Evaluation of English Textbooks in High School and Pre-university Based on Table of Content and Course Objectives’ by Maryam Ghane Shirazi & Mostafa Zamanian

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Teachers, learners, textbooks and contexts are the main four facets in educational context. Among these factors, textbooks act as the crucial one in English Language Teaching, particularly while English is considered as the Foreign Language. In Iran, EFL classes in school period are supposed to be the primary source of linguistic input for students. Taking these points into consideration, the present study carries out the evaluation of the last four English books the Iranian students study in high school and pre-university based on their table of content. The result showed the disparity that exists between high school English books and pre-university one. The former aims to make English known to the students with the great emphasis on grammar and vocabulary, while the latter focuses on reading comprehension.

Index Terms: English Language Teaching, English as a Foreign Language, Textbook, Textbook Evaluation

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‘Group Learning Role in Foreign Language Learning: Group Work vs. Individual Work’ by Farid Ghaemi, Seyed Moslem Hahsemizadeh, Fazlolah Samimi & Mojtaba Rahmanian

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This study explored the effects of “group work” on the EFL students’ proficiency. The Participants of the study were 134 students at Farzane Language institute. Four different proficiency levels were chosen: 1) Beginner 2) Lower intermediate 3) Upper intermediate and 4) Advanced intermediate. They were randomly divided into control group and experimental. The experimental groups were asked to work with group work techniques and the control group to work individually. Two instruments were used to gather the required data: A 30-item proficiency test for each level and the line of SPECTRUM series. Analysis of the results revealed that those groups of proficiency worked with group work techniques gained better results and the end of the term. Results of the independent t-test showed significant difference between experimental and control groups. Group work as a powerful technique proved itself as one of the best strategies in an EFL environment.

Index Terms: Authenticity, grouping technique and group work, information gap, student-centered learning.

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