Please choose Option A: Analysis of course materials. The aim of this essay is to analyze two books designed to teach a second language (in this case English) and identify and evaluate their approaches to teaching specific language skills (speaking, reading, writing, listening). However, please choose only one/two of these language skills to analyze and choose the same skills to analyze for both books (if talking about “speaking” in Book 1, you have to also talk about “speaking” in Book 2.
The two books to write about are the “New Headway Beginner English Student’s Book” and the “New Headway Intermediate English Student’s Book” which I have attached as files here.
The most important thing is to identify the books’ approach or approaches (if the books use more than one approach) to teach one or two main language skills (choose ONE/TWO from speaking, reading, writing, and listening) and discuss and evaluate these approaches with reference to relevant theories and research. The main general approaches to teaching a second language we learned are: Grammar-based, Audiolingualism (USA), Structural Situational (UK), and Communicative Language Teaching (CLT). Another important thing is to compare how the two books may use two different approaches to teach the same specific language skills. Analyze the reason why Book 1 (beginner book) applied a different approach compared to Book 2 (intermediate book) to teach the skill of speaking for example. Why do they choose to use two different approaches to tackle the same skill but at different levels?
Furthermore, the structure of the essay should be something like:
Provide brief background information about the books
Describe how the books approach the teaching of one or two main skill/s + evidence
Analyze and discuss the approaches to teaching the skill/s and present evidence from the books
Support your claims with specific examples from the books (take screenshots and put in the Appendix) and from required readings + additional reading/research (use in-text citations as well).
Evaluate the approach with reference to relevant research: e.g., are the books suitable for the students targeted/taught? How effective are the two books in teaching the specific language skill?
The make the structure more coherent, you can divide the essay into sections. For example section 1 can be about Book 1 (beginner book), section 2 about Book 2 (intermediate book), and section 3 about the comparison and differences between Book 1 and Book 2.
Another crucial thing is to please remember to refer to certain sections/excerpts from the two books (activities/exercises/tasks the books use) as examples to refer/support the analysis and evaluation. Please put screenshots of the activities or excerpts from the two books in the Appendix. You can put multiple Appendices, for example, Appendix 1 A can be about an excerpt from Book 1, Appendix 1 B about another excerpt from Book 1, Appendix 2 A about an excerpt from Book 2, and so on. There is no need to use too many examples or excerpts from the books. It is more important to pick and choose the most important or salient ones to analyze and refer to.
Further detailed assignment instructions are provided in the attached file named “Assignment 3 Instructions 2022” and the marking criteria are also provided in the file named “Assignment 3 Grading Criteria.” Useful readings are also provided in the files. However, if needed please also use other sources and research to build the arguments and points made in the essay.