Evaluation of an EAP Textbook: English for the Students of Dentistry
Authors: Barzegar Kazem and Hemmati Fatemeh
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This paper evaluated the ESD textbook (English for the Students of Dentistry) using McDonough and Shaw’s (2003) internal and external evaluation model and the ACTEFL Evaluation Checklist to examine its appropriacy for the target situation. The researcher has reviewed and presented sixteen evaluation models produced by various applied linguists. The external and internal evaluation of the textbook showed that it cannot be used as the core materials for the ESD course in its present format and state. Also, based on standards of the ACTEFL Evaluation Checklist, the textbook scored 33 out of 100 points indicating that it does not observe the features of an acceptable material for the target situation. Some useful recommendations are presented for adapting and improving this textbook to meet the required criteria. The weak and strong points of the textbook are discussed in details.
Keywords: Textbook, Materials: EAP, ESD, Internal Evaluation, External Evaluation, The ACTEFL Evaluation Checklist, Dentistry, Iran.