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Marriages of convenience?: Teachers and coursebooks in the digital age
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3364-4753
2015 (English)In: ELT Journal, ISSN 0951-0893, E-ISSN 1477-4526, Vol. 69, no 3, p. 249-263Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article reports on a survey of Swedish EFL teachers’ attitudes towards,and dependence on, ELT coursebook packages in the light of recent researchinto digital literacy. The results showed that while ICT is making massiveinroads into language classrooms in technologically advantaged countrieslike Sweden, the coursebook package still has its place assured amongtrainee teachers, at least for the immediate future. The current generationof ‘digital native’ pre-service teachers still looks to coursebook packagesto structure lessons during teaching practice and as a means of providingextended reading practice in the L2. Their more experienced in-servicecolleagues are, however, increasingly abandoning the coursebook in favour offreestanding digital resources. Practising teachers in the survey increasinglysaw coursebooks in contingency terms and as a ‘fall-back’ position. Finally,the article considers the desirability of a more fundamental abandonment ofthe coursebook in favour of digital tools and resources in the EFL classroom.

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2015. Vol. 69, no 3, p. 249-263
Keywords [en]
coursebook, ELT, digital literacy
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Humanities and the Arts Specific Languages
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Humanities, English Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-40795DOI: 10.1093/elt/ccv005ISI: 000357875000005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84937037874OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-40795DiVA, id: diva2:794755
Available from: 2015-03-12 Created: 2015-03-12 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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