by the end of the session the participants will have
got familiarized with the types of materials and the role
of the coursebooks in teaching-learning context;.
reflected on their own experience in using textbooks;
developed a set of criteria for materials selection and
made needs analysis for selecting a coursebook.
4. a recipe
a holy book
a survival kit
a foreign country
Discuss in pairs
What does each of the metaphors mean?
Which metaphor shows your ideas of using a
coursebook in class?
What would be your own metaphor for a coursebook?
5. Advantages and disadvantages of
using a coursebook.
Provides a structure for
learning and teaching
Defines what to be leaned,
taught and tested
Offers support for the
learners outside the class
Saves time for preparation
Offers cultural, linguistic
and methodological support
Takes away teacher’s
Global c/b will never meet
the local needs
The set is incomplete
Doesn’t suit all the learners
Low level of teacher’s
Lack of variety of teaching
6. Approaches to coursebook
Impressionistic overview – a general impression of a
coursebook, just by looking through it and getting an
overview of its possibilities and its strengths and
weaknesses, noting significant features that stand out.
In depth-evaluation. a deeper examination of a
coursebook, looking at how specific items are dealt
with (syllabus, aspects of language, developing all four
skills, relevance to home teaching situation).
7. Needs analysis
aims of the English program
specific objectives, e.g. in terms of language items, functions, topics, skills to be
syllabus (what does it consist of and how is it organized in terms of grammar,
functions, skills, etc)
status and role of English in Russia
time per week available
role of the teacher in the educational system
methodological competence and awareness
attitude to teaching and to learners
right to adapt or supplement the standard coursebook
age and interests
13. Adapting published materials.
Techniques for adaptation.
omitting - leaving out some parts of material
adding – using extra material from other
replacing - changes in content context
changing – modification of procedures
developing small-scale material – compensating
the gaps by self-made activities
14. Ways of adaptation.
adapting at the activity level (remove, change,
adapting at the Unit level (remove, add, change,
adapting at the Syllabus level (restructure)