The ESL Grammar Textbooks: Are they Really Useful?

By Yong Ming Shi.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Grammar textbooks are essential to English as a Second Language (ESL) students for academic purposes because they provide students with content and management for learning both inside and outside the classroom (Hutchinson & Hutchinson, 1994, 1996). However, to what extent are those textbooks useful remains unknown. This study involves two typical grammar textbooks for English learners and ten ESL students from the three different faculties/institutions at the University of Tasmania. This research aims to find out the accessibility of a textbook’s pedagogical knowledge, and the usefulness of the grammar activities from the perspective of ESL students. Data were collected from surveys and textbook analysis. The findings of this research indicate that factors, such as various graphic devices and discourse forms used, can affect students’ learning of the pedagogical knowledge. The paper also suggests that involving conscious-raising activities and interpretation tasks in textbooks may enhance student motivation and understanding in grammar learning.

Keywords: Grammar Textbook, Grammar Activitie, Discourse Form, Conscious-raising Activities, Interpretation Tasks

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp.119-130. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 798.036KB).

Yong Ming Shi

Student, Education Department, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

I am from shanghai, China. I graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2005 for my Bachelor degree. Then, I have been working as an English teacher since 2006. Now, I am studying in University of Tasmania for my Master degree in TESOL Education. My research interests is in intercultural communication, task-based teaching and learning, genre analysis, and Systemic Functional Linguistics.


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