Analyzing vocabulary activities in EFL textbooks*

Bruno De Azevedo, Lêda Maria Braga Tomitch


EFL textbooks were analyzed to investigate the relationship between the reading units and the vocabulary activities. From the three textbooks analyzed, only textbook one has a clear relationship between reading and vocabulary. A framework was also developed to investigate several aspects regarding the vocabulary activities. The first aspect regards how vocabulary was approached, and results have shown that vocabulary appears in different ways. The second aspect concerns glossaries/dictionary use, which was found that activities from all textbooks could be used as glossaries, while only textbooks two encourage dictionary use. The third aspect regards word-frequency, and only textbook one had more high-frequency words. The fourth aspect concerns the number of opportunities to find words in the input, and, again, only textbook one did so. The last aspect examined the depth of processing of the activities, and it was found that most of them promote a shallow level of processing.


Vocabulary, Reading, Textbooks

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