Evaluation of English for Ethiopia Grade Nine Textbook Reading Texts’ Appropriateness: From Teachers’ and Students’ Perspectives


Evaluation of English for Ethiopia Grade Nine Textbook Reading Texts’ Appropriateness: From Teachers’ and Students’ Perspectives


Sintayehu Belay Abejehu

Dire Dawa University and Bahir Dar University


Open Journal of Language and Linguistics

The main objective of this study was to examine the appropriateness of grade 9 English reading texts in terms of content, authenticity, exploitability, socio-cultural context and students’ background, and readability from the perspective of teachers and students. To this study purpose purely quantitative research approach was adopted. As a result, the study employed descriptive survey design and quantitative content analysis design. A sample of 197 grade 9 students and 10 grade 9 English subject teachers were involved in this study. Simple random sampling technique, notably lottery system was employed. The questionnaire and content analysis checklist were data collection instruments. Students’ questionnaire had Cronbach’s Alpha reliability coefficient (a) of .81 while the teachers’ instrument had a reliability measure of .76. The study found that the reading texts incorporated in grade 9 English for Ethiopia textbook are in conformity with the criteria of content suitability, authenticity, exploitability, and readability. However, the fitness of the reading texts for socio-cultural contexts and students’ background seem to be suspicious. This seems to indicate that the reading texts do not satisfy the whole measures of appropriateness. Therefore, it can be concluded that the reading texts incorporated in grade 9 English for Ethiopia student’s textbook seem to be partially appropriate.


Keywords: Reading texts; exploitability; authenticity; readability

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Sintayehu Belay Abejehu.Evaluation of English for Ethiopia Grade Nine Textbook Reading Texts’ Appropriateness: From Teachers’ and Students’ Perspectives.Open Journal of Language and Linguistics, 2020, 3:12


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