Evaluating ELT Textbooks and Materials: Methods and Principles


This article tries to make a relatively comprehensive description on textbook evaluation by surveying four scientific journals on textbook evaluation. They include William (1983), Ellis (1997), Sheldon (1988), and Hutchinson (1987). These articles are selected as they are cited in many research papers on textbook or teaching materials evaluation in different background and teaching contexts despite of their old-fashioned publications. The discussion covers two main features in textbook evaluation; methods and criterions or principles. It can be concluded that methods offered in those articles include: checklist items, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and matching process. The principles that are offered are varied and relative based on the teaching contexts in which the textbooks are used.

Key words: textbook evaluation, materials evaluation

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