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  • 1. COURSEBOOK ANALYSIS1Coursebook Analysis Juan Rosales Torres Victor Gonzalez Gerardo Valdivia Universidad Catlica de la Santsima Concepcin (UCSC)Author note This Course book analysis was prepared for Methodology II, taught by Roxanna Correa.

2. COURSEBOOK ANALYSIS2Factual Details Title: Travelers Author(S): Lina Alvarado Jantus Publisher: Macmillan ISBN: 9789568623548 > Price: Provided by the Ministry of Education No. of Pages: 222 Components: SB/TB/CD Level: Intermediate. Length: 100 pedagogical hours (approximately)Units: 4Lesson/sections: 20Target Skills: Listening & reading 10 lessons, speaking 9 and writing 8 Target Learners: TeenagersASSESSMENTPoor Fair Good Excellent Rating and comments RationaleXTBL and collaborative work.AvailabilityXThe book is provided by the Ministry of education,so it is easy to get as it is present in every public school.Layout/GraphicsXRepresentative and appropriate images according to the task. Balance between text and images. Good use of colours.Selection/GradingXCongruent relation between activities . It goes from easy to harder tasks .AuthenticityX1. unit 1, p.54, dialogue 1 In this dialogue the following discourse features were identified: 3. COURSEBOOK ANALYSIS3-false starts: so, well. -hesitation: oh 2. unit 2, p.95, dialogue 23 in this dialogue the following discourse features were identified: - false starts: well, OK (?) - pause: this appeared like this in the dialogue ...3. unit 4, p.172, dialogue 47 in this dialogue the following discourse features were identified: - back channels: oh, sure - false start: soCultural biasXChilean oriented, but it could be categorized as eclectic because in some activities there are references to world wide festivities. Also, It has images of touristic places and provides equal reference to british and US features; it shows the different spellings of similar words from American English and British English.Stimulus/Practice/ RevisionXStimulus: The book shows a deficient type of lead-ins, as they are only 4. COURSEBOOK ANALYSIS4questions to the students. Practice: It has plenty opportunities to develop and participate in the tasks, since it goes from simple predictions to complex reading , listening, writing and speaking tasks. Revisions are quite good, the book gives the chance to check answers in every task . FlexibilityXYou can teach a unit ignoring another one.C- Activities Do the materials a chosen unit provide a balance of activities that is appropriate for your students? YesLessonNoSelectRejectAdaptExtra MaterialHolidays and 17. This item was rejected 3. we would change theCelebrations2because it(3 classes)6boring.9confusingis sort of instructions. instead of theItisbecausealso studentsworkwithathe partner, we would createinstructions say that some two groups so that the slots will remain empty studentscompete.Theand others do not. usually, idea is that each group most of the students will have people that represent 5. COURSEBOOK ANALYSIS5intend to fill all the slots.them, and these people have to go to the board5. it is a useless activity andwriteasmanysince they did something cognates as possible in a similar in item number specific amount of time. four.4. we would change the instructions.11-12.Theseinsteadoftwo telling the students toactivities were rejected simplyguessthefor three reasons. First, in celebrations, we would this lesson has nine items tell them to identify and already, so with two more writedowntheitems it would be too celebrations they listened much for the students. in the recording. Second, they have no connection with the topic, 8. The students would not so they are useless. And only listen and identify third, since students have the incorrect information to ask for information to in the sentences, but also their classmates.they will write the correct information.10. Teacher will read the numbers aloud, instead of playing the recording, and students will repeat after him in order to practice pronunciation. Two Chilean 3. celebrations5.2. As it is another lead-in 1.Insteadofreadingactivity we will keep only aloud the text that refers 6. COURSEBOOK ANALYSIS(3 classes)6.6number one.to the images, we would7.only present the images8.12. It is a redundant and theyll have to predict9.activity,10.already have information from.11.about celebrations in thebecausewe where the celebrations areprevious activity.4. Instead of students looking up the words in14.Wealreadyhave the dictionary, the teacheractivities which are better provides the meaning of than just listen and repeat.them on the whiteboard.15. The activity is too 6. Instead of only thinking mechanical and simple. It about the answers they basic as the previous one.have to write down the answers.13. Different students will read each paragraph of the text aloud, instead of 1 student reading. ThreeTop 2.1. We prefer to consider 8 and 9. They will beof the Pops 3.activity number 2 as it is added to number 7 in(3 classes)6.morecompleteas7.brainstorming activity.a order to do a complete activity.10. 13.4.It14.doescoherent activities.nothave 11. The question for thewith previous interview will be given. 7. COURSEBOOK ANALYSIS75.ltneedsactivitynumber to be done.12. The activity is boring and a waste of time, it is only focused on details.15. It only refers to memorization.Four Myth 1. and3.2. Repetition of activity 7. number one.StudentspartnerLegends (3 4.providing simplethewithoutthecorrect5.10.6.irrelevant, what a myth9.and legends are should be 8. Teach the past simple10.classes)Toobutfindand order of the events.explained before.test, and then do the activity.12. Students may feel embarrassed acting out in front of the class. Five Chiles 2.1. The instructions are not 4. Instead of answering3.clear enough. We prefer Kellys questions, theyDance(3 5.to use activity number 2 just answer what theyclasses)6.Nationalas a warm up activity.know about Cueca.7. 10.9. It requires the same 8. Teacher models the13.information as the 10th language. activity. 8. COURSEBOOK ANALYSIS812. Students compare and 11. It is irrelevant, it is exchange information. onlyarepetitionofprevious activities.14. The activity is not related to the main topic of the lesson.Dialogues 9. COURSEBOOK ANALYSIS1. Unit 1, p.54, dialogue 1 In this dialogue the following discourse features were identified: -False starts: so, well. -hesitation: ohSo, tell me Mike, what is your favorite celebration? Well, my favorite celebration is Halloween. Why Halloween? Cause we wear costumes and go trick-or-treating; I love playing tricks! It's wicked! And you, Ana? I like all the celebrations in Brazil, but my favorite one is Carnival. What do you like about Carnival? I love the parades, dancing samba and playing with water in the street all night long! I never miss this celebration! Do you have a favorite celebration, Elizabeth? Oh, yes! Christmas is my favorite. It is the day when families get together for big parties. And what do you like most about it? I love the food, the tree, and of course, receiving presents! Francisco, can you tell us about your country? The most important celebration in my country is Independence Day. It's great that we have two days off, 18 and 19th September. And what do you do in those days? People usually go to the fondas to listen to national music and eat traditional food. Children often fly kites this time of the year. Sometimes it rains, but we love this holiday anywayLexical Density:71.4%2. Unit 2, p.95, dialogue 239 10. COURSEBOOK ANALYSISIn this dialogue the following discourse features were identified: - False starts: well, OK (?) - Pause: this appeared like this in the dialogue ...This is WPST 97.5, HELP FOR YOU! You've got questions? We've got answers! Hello! What's your name? Hi, I'm Kevin. How are you, Kevin? What's the matter with you? WellI really don't like drugs, but two of my friends do, and they want me to try them. How old are you? I'm fourteen. OK, Kevin. Do you want to stay healthy? Then stay away from drugs. How can I do that? You must avoid situations of risk or you can get rid of those friends. What? It is simple, Kevin! One of the most important things you can choose is your friends. You should keep your principles and just say NO! Thank you for calling, Kevin. Thank you! Good afternoon, who's calling? Hello, my name's Lily. Have you got a problem? Well, sort of. I don't know what to do or say when someone offers me drugs. Well, it's easy. Say no, thanks. This technique is fundamental, but you can also change the conversation or talk and talk and talk about anything else! Sometimes I get very nervousLexical Density: 86.4%3. Unit 4, p.172, dialogue 4710 11. COURSEBOOK ANALYSISIn this dialogue the following discourse features were identified: - Back channels: oh, sure - False start: so Your name is Daniel Radcliffe, but have you got a nickname? Oh! Sure! Everybody calls me Dan. O.K. Dan. When were you born? I was born on the 23rd of July, 1989. So, your star sign is Leo. Where were you born? In London. Have you got any brothers or sisters? No, Im an only child. What about your everyday life? Have you got a pet? Two dogs - Binka and Nugget. What do you like doing in your free time? I love PlayStation and football - I support Fulham Football Club. What would you do with magic powers? I would like to be invisible! And you, Emma, have you got a nickname? Yes, my nickname is Em. When and where were you born? I was born on April the 15th, 1990, in Oxford. My star sign is Aries. What can you tell us about your family? I live with my mother and with my younger brother Alex. Sarah: Do you like animals? Yes! I love cats Ive got two: Bubbles and Domino What are your favorite pastimes? I love playing hockey. What would you do with magic powers? I would... I would act with Brad Pitt in Harry Potter! It would be great! Lexical Density: 85.7%11 12. COURSEBOOK ANALYSIS12Discourse featureTextbook data Authentic dataLexical density81.2%48%Fal

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