The Evaluation of ESP Textbooks Based on Students’ Perspectives

https://doi.org/10.32996/ijllt.2021.4.5.4

Authors

  • Reza Bakhsheshi Atigh Department of English Language and Literature, University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran
  • Salva Kazemipour Khabbazi Department of English Language and Literature, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran

Keywords:

ESP textbooks, textbook evaluation, learner opinion, Biology and Psychology

Abstract

The recently proven indisputable role of textbooks in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses has led to a major trend of interest in the value of ESP textbooks. As learners and their learning needs are one of the most significant factors in ESP courses, textbook evaluation from learners’ points of view has become more common in this field. Accordingly, this paper has focused on the opinions and attitudes of the students about their ESP textbooks. Filling a questionnaire designed by Litz (2005) and answering some questions in a semi-structured interview, students of biology and psychology at the University of Tabriz expressed their opinions about different aspects of their ESP books. No significant difference was found between these two groups and they had a generally positive attitude about their textbooks. The shortcomings of the books were mentioned by some of the students in the informal interviews which led to some suggestions for material developers as well as teachers.

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Published

2021-05-30

How to Cite

Bakhsheshi Atigh, R., & Kazemipour Khabbazi, S. (2021). The Evaluation of ESP Textbooks Based on Students’ Perspectives. International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation, 4(5), 56-62. https://doi.org/10.32996/ijllt.2021.4.5.4