To What Extent Do Popular ESL Textbooks Incorporate Oral Fluency and Pragmatic Development
AbstractWe examined several popular integrated skills textbooks used in Language Instruc- tion for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) and English as a second language (ESL) programs for pragmatics and oral fluency activities. Although many instructors use other resources to supplement classroom instruction, the textbook is still the backbone of many language courses. We wanted to know to what extent textbooks focus on pragmatics and oral fluency, as well as the range of activities featured in each. In light of the recent federal evaluation of LINC programs in Canada, which indicated extremely limited improvement in speaking and listening skills as a result of language instruction, it is important to know which textbooks offer the best opportunities for pragmatics and fluency development. We determined that very few textbook series are consistent in their inclusion of pragmatic content in terms of scope, quality, and quantity. As might be expected, oral fluency is not a major focus in integrated skills texts; however, those activities that are intended to enhance fluency development could easily be improved by an instructor.
How to Cite
Diepenbroek, L., & Derwing, T. (2014). To What Extent Do Popular ESL Textbooks Incorporate Oral Fluency and Pragmatic Development. TESL Canada Journal, 30(7), 1. https://doi.org/10.18806/tesl.v30i7.1149