An investigation into pronunciation representation in an EFL textbook series utilized in a Turkish state university


TOPAL İ. H.

Language Related Research, vol.12, no.5, pp.305-331, 2021 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.29252/lrr.12.5.11
  • Journal Name: Language Related Research
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.305-331
  • Keywords: EFL textbook series, Language education, Pronunciation, Segmentals, Suprasegmentals, Textbook analysis
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

© 2021, Tarbiat Modares University. All rights reserved.Textbooks play a crucial role in language education even in a digital age where education tends to be digitalized. It has been claimed that pronunciation is underrepresented in EFL textbooks, notwithstanding its significance in spoken interaction. To this end, this research investigated the treatment of pronunciation in a multilevel EFL textbook series along with such components as teacher’s book, pronunciation extra, and MyEnglishLab. Following the analysis of a total of 264 units in student’s book and other textbook components individually, it was found that suprasegmental features predominated the textbook series compared to segmentals. It was also discovered that controlled practice activities prevailed, pursued respectively by description and analysis, and listening discrimination activities. The findings suggest that the analyzed textbook series contain a sufficient amount of pronunciation practice, albeit not including adequate guided and communicative practice. The research concluded that pronunciation is not underrepresented in this textbook series. It might accordingly be inferred that there might be other causes of ignoring pronunciation than its treatment in EFL textbooks in the Turkish context, such as teacher cognition (i.e. beliefs, attitudes, and knowledge, etc.), institutional policies, time constraints, or psychological reasons.