ANALYSIS OF GENDER BIAS IN EFL TEXTBOOKS

Azra Lajqi

Abstract


Textbooks play a crucial part in the process of teaching and learning. They present different kinds of topics. These topics can be good as well as bad at the same time, unfolding positive and negative messages. As a result of this, categories of people may be targeted. We are aware of gender prejudices that are made in our society. Even when a baby is born our society favors A BOY. It may be the tradition. Unfortunately, these prejudices are clearly noticed even in some textbooks. Nowadays, a textbook plays a crucial part in the process of education and as a result of this, teachers and students can be ‘victims’ of it. Usually, males are presented as stronger, more powerful, and hard–working whereas females are presented as housewives, staying at home and looking after the children. The main focus of the study will be to analyze these gender prejudices finding out if they really are part of EFL textbooks. If these biases are found in these textbooks the study will find out also the extension of them and the teachers/ students efforts to avoid them. The study will be conducted in 2 primary schools of Kosovo: Shmu “Haxhi Zeka”, Shmu “Asdreni”, where Headway-Beginner/ Pre Intermediate (Liz& John Soars), books are being used. Beside of the research of EFL textbooks, this research will include a questionnaire and an interview where students and teachers will participate.

Keywords: EFL textbooks, gender representation, gender stereotypes.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.0001/ijllis.v9i7.2110

DOI (PDF): http://dx.doi.org/10.0001/ijllis.v9i8.2110.g2525

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