VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2019

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Genre Analysis of the Reading Passages in Two English Textbook Series in Vietnam
Thao Phuong Nguyen

Building: B
Room: B504
Date: 2019-10-11 03:25 PM – 03:55 PM
Last modified: 2019-09-19


The notion of genre has been the topic of discussion by school curriculum designers and textbook writers. According to the National Foreign Language (NFL) 2020 project proposed by Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), students should be exposed to a wide range of text types and their features. In view of the important role played by textbooks in Vietnam classroom and the impact of textbook quality on learning, this study examines the range of genres of the reading passages and their generic features in two series of high school English textbooks: Tiếng Anh Grade 10, 11, 12 (TA series) and Solutions Grade 10, 11, 12 (SG series). The results indicated a variety of genres in the textbooks but the spread is uneven. There are also differences among levels in the range of genres. Generally, the range of genres in both series matches the MOET’s guidelines, but certain genres are more dominant. The topics are also found to be more or less the same, with the TA series being slightly more suited to Vietnamese students’ needs. The detailed analysis of selected texts also showed they all display many features of the established patterns of the typical genres. Nonetheless, the repetition of simplified structures within genres might not be enough to help sensitize students to real-life authentic texts or might be too easy for some learners. These findings suggest several implications for improving the texts found in both series.



reading passages; genre analysis; textbook evaluation