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Title: Jordanian EFL teachers' perceptions of the Appropriateness of Action Pack Textbooks
Author(s): AL-BARAKAT, Ali-Ahmad , FAHMI BATAINEH, Ruba , MAHMOUD AL-KARASNEH, Samih , FAHMI BATAINEH, Rula
Journal: ITL - International Journal of Applied Linguistics
Volume: 151 Date: 2006
This study investigates the appropriateness of the Action Pack Textbook Series (APTS) currently taught in the first four primary stage classes in Jordanian public schools. An evaluation checklist, compiled from the literature, and a semi-structured interview were used to evaluate the content, layout, assessment tasks, teacher's book and teh availability of supplementary materials. The findings support the following conclusions: Poor ratings were minimal; APTS is adaptable to the needs of both teachers and pupils and provides a broad range of resources that can be selectively integrated into the curriculum; APTS contains modes of instruction that are developmentally appropriate for a wide range of learners; APTS instructional materials are interesting, engaging and effective for the target teachers; the format of the teacher's book is easy to follow, the directions for implementing activities are clear, and the teacher's book itself is flexible and allows teachers to choose from a variety of activities to use with their pupils; for the most part, non-text materials are used appropriately to promote learning; and, overall, the materials for the pupils are well written, age-appropriate and compelling in content.