Evaluation of ESP textbooks: Evidence from ESP textbook of computer engineering major

2014 IJRSLL – Volume 3 Issue 2


Danaye Tous, Maryam
University of Guilan, Iran (maryam.dana@gmail.com)

Haghighi, Sara*
University of Guilan, University Campus 2, International Campus, Iran (Sara.pardis@gmail.com)


The purpose of this study was to evaluate ESP textbook on “English for the students of computer engineering” taught at Payame Noor University in Astane (Guilan province, Iran). It was a mixed method research. The research instrument consisted of a researcher-made questionnaire which was designed on the basis of eight checklist references. Sample of this study consisted of 49 junior students majoring in computer engineering, who were selected through convenience sampling method. The textbook was evaluated in terms of six criteria of aims and approaches, design and organization, skills and strategies, topics, practical considerations and illustrations, language content and exercises. Data was collected through a five-point Likert scale questionnaire consisting of 22 items. Descriptive statistics including percentage, mean, and standard deviation were calculated for each item. Findings indicated that despite having pedagogical values, the textbook was not very good according to design and organization, language content and exercises, skills and strategies, practical considerations and illustrations. Finally, the pedagogical implication of findings for teaching grammatical items, listening materials, recycling and revision, writing activities and illustrations would be discussed.

Keywords: ESP; ESP materials; textbook; evaluation; checklist


DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrsll.2013.469

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