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Author(s): Hurst, Nicolas
Title: Visual representations in portuguese produced english language teaching coursebooks
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: This paper examines the role of illustrations in the context of English Language Teaching (ELT) coursebooks produced in Portugal. Taking illustrations to be one pilar in the construction of meaning throughthe representation of culture, the discussion shifts between their useover the last 35 years and their potential as a source of innovation andimprovement in this area of ELT materials development. The centralissue relates to the need for illustrations to perform something more thana decorative function in ELT coursebooks. Further discussion deals withthe general issue of cultural content in language teaching materials, itsimportance in relation to situating language learning as both meaningfuland purposeful. There are clear links themes related to foreign languageteaching methodology (the learner-centred approach) and to curriculumdevelopment (citizenship education).It is argued that local coursebookpublishers and writers should pay closer attention to the importance ofcultural representation in language teaching materials, in this case tothe use of illustrations, as a way of optimising the long-held influence ofcoursebooks as significant educational instruments.
Subject: Humanidades
Scientific areas: Humanidades
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Nacional
Rights: openAccess
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