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A Survey of High Schools English Textbooks in Terms of Using Varying Types of Speech Acts [ALRJournal]
ALRJournal. 2019; 3(4): 24-32 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2019.74429

A Survey of High Schools English Textbooks in Terms of Using Varying Types of Speech Acts

Ehsan Namaziandost1, Arash hashemifardnia2, Esmail Hosseini3
1PhD Student, Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, Shahrekord Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord, Iran
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3Assistant Professor, Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, Shahrekord Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord, Iran

Although English textbooks are regarded as a crucial part in English language teaching programs, they have been criticized for not offering classroom learner’s sufficient opportunity for learning authentic language (Vellenga, 2004). This is because, instead of making use of language samples that native speakers actually produce, many textbooks have drawn on native speakers’ intuition about language use, which might not always be reliable. This study investigated the use of speech in conversation parts of Iranian Junior High School English Textbooks (Prospect One, Prospect Two, and Prospect Three) which are usually popular in Iranian language schools and institutions. To this end, the researchers selected and counted all speech acts to see which speech acts were more frequently used based on through Searle’s (1976) speech act model. After taking percentage and frequency, Chi-square was also used due to the nominal nature of the data. The results indicated that Assertives and Declaratives were, respectively, the most and the least frequently used speech acts in the Prospect Books. The results of Chi-square test revealed that the speech acts were not distributed equally in the Prospect Books. The findings of this study can assist the material designers to include different types of speech acts in high school English textbooks in order to help the EFL learners develop their communicative and pragmatic knowledge.

Keywords: Speech acts, Pragmatics, Prospect Books

Ehsan Namaziandost, Arash hashemifardnia, Esmail Hosseini. A Survey of High Schools English Textbooks in Terms of Using Varying Types of Speech Acts. ALRJournal. 2019; 3(4): 24-32

Corresponding Author: Ehsan Namaziandost, Iran
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