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Analysis of visual materials in Korean high school English textbooks and learners’ responses

  • Modern English Education
  • Abbr : MEESO
  • 2016, 17(1), pp.159-181
  • Publisher : The Modern English Education Society
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Language Teaching
  • Published : February 28, 2016

강주란 1 Haedong Kim 1

1한국외국어대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study aims to analyze different types of visual materials in Korean high school English textbooks and to check leaners’ responses toward them. For the analysis, a total of 2,959 visual materials from eight different textbooks were checked. The identification of types of visual materials was based on the presence or the absence of pedagogic function. The results of the analysis reveal that over two-thirds of the visual materials (71%) were used purely for decoration or additional non-linguistic information, and the reading part covered the majority (44%). To check learners’ self-reported usefulness and interest in types of visual materials, a questionnaire survey was carried out. A total of 130 Korean high school students took part in the survey. The results showed that pedagogic illustrations were more interesting and more useful than decorative illustrations. Pedagogic illustrations used for listening activities were regarded as the most useful among the illustrations designed for skill activities in the textbooks. Based on the analysis, it is suggested that teachers should choose a textbook using more pedagogic visual materials and textbook developers should make an attempt to exclude unnecessary decorative visual materials, especially when selecting and developing textbooks for high school learners in Korea.

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