Authentic Textbooks in Enhancing Communication in EFL Classes

Marsela Harizaj


This article deals with the importance of using authentic textbooks and materials in EFL classes. It is part of my research study on communication problems with EFL students in Albania. One of the things that plays an important part in enhancing communication is the role of textbooks and other additional materials that are used in English classes.The importance of textbooks stands in the fact that their authenticity should meet the needs of our students. But do the textbooks offered accomplish their aim? What criteria should be followed to choose English textbooks? Do they help students to use the English language outside the classroom? What do we understand by authentic Text? What is the role of authentic Text in communication? These and other issues are treated to define and see solutions. It is given an overview of literature and findings of this study when the research problem is treated within English classes in elementary and high school.

Keywords: communicative acts, authentic material, language level, text.

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