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Grammatical intricacy in EFL textbooks
To, V, Grammatical intricacy in EFL textbooks, International Journal of English Language Education, 5, (2) Article 12087. ISSN 2325-0887 (2017) [Refereed Article]
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Grammatical intricacy is an important concept in charactering complexity of language (Halliday, 2008). However, this concept has not yet been fully investigated in the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language (TEFL), particular in English as a foreign language (EFL) textbooks in higher education. This paper aims to examine grammatical intricacy across textbook levels in a book series used in tertiary education in the Vietnamese context. This is part of a larger research project looking at linguistic complexity of English textbooks in the TEFL setting. The research employed Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) as the main theoretical framework and Halliday’s method as a measure of grammatical intricacy to look at how this language feature was used in reading comprehension texts in four textbooks at different levels including elementary, pre-intermediate, inter-mediate and upper-intermediate. The findings revealed that grammatical intricacy increased in accordance with the book levels. Particularly, the mean scores of grammatical intricacy showed a gradual increase from the elementary to the intermediate book level; though they were not different significantly and the upper-intermediate textbook did not show the topmost grammatical complexity. These findings suggest that the use of grammatical intricacy in the investigated textbooks was appropriate for EFL learners across levels; however, the use of other linguistic features such as lexical density and nominalisation may potentially impact the use of simple clauses in the textbooks at a higher level. Thus, further investigations are recommended to fully explore the complexity of textbook language.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||grammatical intricacy, english textbooks, clauses, logical metafunction, systemic functional linguistics|
|Research Group:||Curriculum and pedagogy|
|Research Field:||LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy|
|Objective Division:||Education and Training|
|Objective Group:||Teaching and curriculum|
|Objective Field:||Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum|
|UTAS Author:||To, V (Dr Vinh To)|
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