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Images in ELT Textbooks: Are They Just Decoration?

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Writer(s): 
Cameron Romney, Momoyama Gakuin University

 

Three English as a Foreign Language (EFL) textbooks produced by major English Language Teaching (ELT) publishers were surveyed to determine the possible learning functions images play in the texts. Building on the work of previous studies (Hill, 2003; Romney & Bell, 2012) and using a typology by Levin (1981), the study considered six functions including five learning functions in addition to one noneducational, decorative function. The study was able to identify images for five of the six functions considered and concluded that while many images in ELT textbooks do not have active learning tasks for students, the majority of images still had a passive learning function.
 
教科書に描かれた画像が学習の場面で果たす役割の可能性を確定するため、大手英語教授法(ELT)出版社3社の作成した外国語としての英語 (EFL) に関する教科書3冊について調査を行った。前回の研究 (D. A. Hill, 2003, C. Romney and L. Bell, 2012) 成果を受け、J. Levin (1981) の類型学を使用して、5つの学習機能と1つの装飾機能の合計6つの機能について検証を行った。その結果、6つの機能のうち5つに対して、EFL教科書に使われている画像の多くは学生に対して能動的な役割を持たないものの、大多数は受動的役割を備えていることが判明した。
 
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