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Characteristic New Headway English Course Design and Reform Consideration of English Textbooks
Pages: 62-66
Year: Issue:  1

Keyword:  coursebook designblendingNew Headway English Course;
Abstract: The development in ELT methodology calls for a thorough reform of traditional textbooks. Fortunately,coursebook designers abroad have already published a series of English Coursebooks in 1998 under the same pedagogical guidance of blending the best of traditional method and the communicative approach and should provide their Chinese counterpart with illuminating insights. This article attempts to shed some lights in this aspect through an analysis of New Headway English Course.This coursebook provides a well-controlled presentation of the English language. The writers have in mind the needs of the students, the role of a teacher and the students, and how they can help learners to learn the language most effectively and quickly. Like other integrated English coursebooks, New Headway English Course also covers the knowledge base of English Language system (grammar, lexis, and pronunciation) and basic skills of English using (listening, speaking, writing and reading) as its aims of teaching. But the two bases are treated much differently in traditional textbooks. This article noted several striking features about the design of this English coursebook that merits our attention: (1) Grammar learning process is no longer done dryly in the traditional way. It becomes a discovery process by students based on either deduction or induction. Students are motivated to work out the rules by themselves and learn them in relation to interesting language context. (2) The comprehensible input is accompanied by learners' output through desirable class activities. Skills are expected to develop every bit as much as their knowledge of the system of English. Learning and acquisition each has its place. (3) Learning activities are varied and skills are learned both separately and in an integrated way. (4) Learning materials are frequently updated. (5). The systematic recycling of new items (learning points) ensures an effective learning.For instance, new grammatical items will be under the focus of study in the part of reading, listening, speaking and writing.
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