How to Choose your EFL Textbook? Some Useful Guidelines

By Dina El-Dakhs.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Every year, tens of new EFL textbooks are introduced into the market, putting teachers at a continuous strain to choose the most appropriate for their classes. The selection process is far from being an easy one; it has rather become too challenging at times due to the large number of textbooks, the well-reputed publishers getting into the business, the fast development of more updated and authentic materials, the need for a diversity of supplementary packages and the aggressive marketing campaigns by publishing houses. Add to all that the other priorities for teachers, whether academic, social or economical, while selecting textbooks, and also the accountability of textbook selection committees to different stakeholders and indeed to the institution at large. A question that strongly arises, therefore, is: How to choose the ‘right’ EFL textbook from all those on sale? The present paper aims to highlight the significance of selecting EFL course books on the basis of firm principles derived from both research and practical experience. The paper first discusses the importance of using course books even with the availability of other rich supplementary materials and resources. This is followed by a survey of key factors that guide the selection process, with each factor discussed from different perspectives and supplemented with practical tips for ease of selection.

Keywords: Textbook Selection, Textbook Evaluation

International Journal of the Book, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 882.825KB).

Dr. Dina El-Dakhs

Assistant Professor, Arab Academy for Science and Technology – Institute for Language Studies (Egypt), Prince Sultan University - College for Women, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Dina El-Dakhs is an assistant professor at the English Department, Prince Sultan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She holds a PhD in Psycholinguistics from Alexandria University, Egypt. She has extensive teaching and coordination experience in the fields of Applied Linguistics and English language teaching. She has also participated in a number of material development and teacher training projects. She has presented in local and international conferences and has a number of publications in Psycholinguistics, Language Teaching, Material Development and Education. She has also reviewed articles for the TESOL ARABIA Perspectives Periodical and Prince Sultan Linguistics Workshop Proceedings. Her research interests lie in Psycholinguistics, Language Teaching and Education.

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