Evaluation of Two ESP Textbooks

Abdullah Al Fraidan


This paper evaluated two ESP textbooks using the evaluation of McDonough and Shaw (2003) based on external and internal evaluation. The first textbook is Business Objectives (1996) by Vicki Hollett, and the second textbook is Business Studies, Second Edition (2002) by Alain Anderton. To avoid repetition, I will use BO and BS, respectively, to abbreviate the names of these books.

The paper briefly discusses the external evaluation and then concludes with the results of a detailed evaluation of one chapter from each textbook for a course that I am teaching. The course is for business major students who wish to apply for jobs at The Saudi Telecommunication Company (STC), which requires a strong command of English.

The evaluation indicated that both books would be appropriate if we merge them together and add some additional materials, as a textbook that can accommodate the needs of all learners does not exist.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/elt.v5n6p43

English Language Teaching       ISSN 1916-4742 (Print)   ISSN  1916-4750 (Online)

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