Criteria in English language textbook evaluation checklists

a systematic review

Authors

  • Mohamad Syafiq Ya Shak Universiti Teknologi Mara, Perak, Malaysia
  • Intan Safinas Mohd Arif Albakri Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia
  • Siti Shuhaida Shukor Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Perak, Malaysia
  • Mohd Haniff Mohd Tahir Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21344/iartem.v14i1.978

Keywords:

Checklist, EFL, ESL, Textbook evaluation, English language teaching

Abstract

The systematic review was carried out to examine evaluation criteria in textbook evaluation checklists used to evaluate ESL/EFL textbooks around the world and to identify gaps and additional criteria that could be included in future textbook evaluation checklists to meet the demand of current teaching and learning situations. Two databases - Scopus and the Web of Science - were explored to collect data. Primary searches between 2011 and 2021 revealed 92 studies dealing with the topic under investigation. After scrutinizing abstracts and removing duplicates, 36 studies were retained for further analysis. A thematic analysis was conducted to derive themes for the criteria enlisted in these studies. The themes of criteria that emerged were: (1) practical considerations; (2) layout and design; (3) language skills; (4) language activities and tasks; (5) topic/subject of the content; (6) appropriateness for students; (7) cultural considerations; (8) supplementary materials; and (9) fitness with the language program aims and objectives. It is recommended that future textbook evaluation checklists could focus on criteria that relate to an ESL/EFL textbook’s relatability to its users, especially in terms of its culture representation, its ability to enable self-study, and a wider integration of technology, especially in the era of online distance learning which is expected to stay even if the COVID-19 pandemic subsides later.

Author Biographies

Mohamad Syafiq Ya Shak, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Perak, Malaysia

Mohamad Syafiq Ya Shak is a member of the Academy of Language Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Perak Branch, Malaysia. His research interests include material development and evaluation, digital learning, corpus-based studies, and media. He holds a Master of Education (TESL) and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Education (TESL), examining CEFR-aligned textbooks in Malaysian schools. Address: Universiti Teknologi Mara, Perak, Malaysia [email: moham381@uitm.edu.my]

Intan Safinas Mohd Arif Albakri, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia

Intan Safinas Mohd Arif Albakri (corresponding author) is an associate professor lecturer from the Faculty of Languages and Communication, University Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia. Her areas of expertise are materials and methods in teaching the English Language. She is currently leading research on mentoring pre-service and beginning teachers and a member of research on Developing a Quality Teacher Education Framework under the Ministry of Education Malaysia. She is also the Editor-in-chief for the Asian Journal of English Language and Pedagogy. Address: Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Perak, Malaysia [email: safinas@upsi.edu.my]

 

Siti Shuhaida Shukor, Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Perak, Malaysia

Siti Shuhaida Shukor is a senior lecturer from the Faculty of Languages and Communication, University Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia. She specializes in Blended learning, Cultural-historical activity theory, social media, technology in Education. Address: Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Perak, Malaysia [email: sshuhaida@fbk.upsi.edu.my]

Mohd Haniff Mohd Tahir, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia

Mohd Haniff Mohd Tahir is a senior Lecturer and internationally recognized researcher at the Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Malaysia. His focus area includes materials development and evaluation, interactive language teaching curriculum design, digital learning, and quantitative research related to ESL classrooms. Currently, he is exploring emerging ideas and concepts for vocabulary learning. Address: Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Perak, Malaysia [email: haniff.tahir@upsi.edu.my]

Published

2022-12-14

How to Cite

Shak, M. S. Y., Albakri, I. S. M. A., Shukor, S. S., & Tahir, M. H. M. (2022). Criteria in English language textbook evaluation checklists: a systematic review. IARTEM E-Journal, 14(1), 1-19. https://doi.org/10.21344/iartem.v14i1.978

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