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GRIN Verlag, 2011 - 28 pages
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Seminar paper from the year 2006 in the subject English - Pedagogy, Didactics, Literature Studies, course: ICEG 2006 (international congress), language: English, abstract: Views about the English as a second/foreign language (ES/FL) textbook (as a medium) polarize. Learners, teachers and educational administrators in any ES/FL situation need a textbook, though it is unlikely that they regard the prescribed ES/FL textbook as an unmixed blessing. But the very idea of a fixed textbook -- of a pre-packaged set of learning/teaching materials -- appears to be viewed with disfavour in the English Language Teaching (ELT) literature where the trend in the last three-and-a-half decades has been towards greater negotiation and individual choice in the classroom. This paper examines the anti-textbook argument, considers the alternatives to the textbook suggested by some experts, and finds the textbook having the potential to act as a support rather than a constraint, and fulfilling a range of needs that emerge from any teaching/learning situation. The paper also discusses the factors on which the supportiveness of the textbook depends.

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Dr Ramanujam Parthasarathy is a professor of English, teacher educator, and freelance writer. Currently, he is Director, ELT Centre, and Senior Professor of English at Gudlavalleru Engineering College, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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