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Coursebooks are considered a very important element in teaching languages Using coursebooks appropriately is an art which becomes clearer with experience Harmerb 306 Rationale for using coursebooks Coursebooks play a major role in the classroom They work as a learning resource as they are usually accompanied by cassettes videos and teachers guides Richards 253 For new or inexperienced teachers a coursebook works with the teachers book as a medium of initial teacher training Richards 253 In terms of practicality it saves time and effort for teachers when planning lessons Richards 253 Additionally it provides a focus for the teacher that allows herhim to follow and eventually achieve the aims and objectives of the syllabus From the students point of view they present authentic language models to use in real life situations as well as provide more interesting and motivating materials for them to use and apply Richards 252253 They also give students a sense of progression in their learning as most coursebooks are organized in units Harmerb 304 In addition as suggested by Harmer coursebooks restrictions if found- can be dealt with by omitting changing replacing re-writing and re-ordering activities and lessons as needed Harmerb 306 and here is where the teachers creativity if found- can be used as it is considered one of the essential teaching skills Hammera 112 Rationale for using a coursebook evaluating checklist its format and its content Evaluating coursebooks formally is a very vital professional trait for language teachers Its favorable and more effective if coursebooks are evaluated by a team rather than individually Written evaluation makes the thinking tangible and the decisions review able For my evaluation checklist I adapted Halliwells format because its more specific and detailed Halliwell 114115 Checklists also allow various components of the coursebook to be assessed in terms of language topic skills and methodology and layout Harmerb 301 Furthermore a modification from Chambers steps of course book evaluation was added
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