Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume.7 Number.1 March                                               Pp.326-340
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol7no1.19

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Evaluating Academic Writing Textbook: Teachers’ and Students’ Perspectives 

 M. Ali Ghufron
English Education Department, Post Graduate Program
Semarang State University
Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia
Jl. Panglima Polim No. 46 Bojonegoro, East Java, Indonesia

Mursid Saleh
English Education Department, Post Graduate Program
Semarang State University, Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia

Abstract:
This study attempts to evaluate the Academic Writing textbook used in English Education Study Program of Language and Art Education Faculty of IKIP PGRI Bojonegoro, East Java Indonesia. The book entitled “Writing Academic English” written by Oshima and Hogue was critically evaluated based on two major points, namely general attributes of the textbook and the learning-teaching content of the textbook. The general attributes of the textbook cover the book in relation to syllabus and curriculum, the methodology, the book’s suitability to learners, physical and utilitarian attributes, and efficient outlay of supplementary materials. The learning-teaching content of the textbook covers general elements (move of the tasks, tasks’ objectives, etc.), academic writing (specified on research paper writing), vocabulary, grammar, and exercises. The questionnaires developed to evaluate the textbook were adapted from textbook evaluation checklist which was developed by Mukundan, Nimehchisalem, and Hajimohammadi (2011). The results indicate that the lecturers and students were not really satisfied with the book since it does not represent the students’ needs and requirements of research paper writing for Writing IV course at the university. The materials provided there are not specified to research paper writing. However, based on the result of evaluation, the textbook is very good in some points such as the methodology, physical and utilitarian attributes, outlay of the book, general elements (move of the tasks, tasks’ objectives, etc.), academic writing (from paragraph writing to various essays writing), vocabulary, grammar, and exercises in the area.
Keywords: Academic writing, instructional materials, students’ perspectives, teachers’ perspectives, textbook evaluation

Cite as: Ghufron, M. A., & Saleh, M. (2017). Evaluating Academic Writing Textbook: Teachers’ and Students’ Perspectives. Arab World English Journal, 8 (1).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol7no1.19

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M. Ali Ghufron is a Post-Graduate Student of English Education Department of
Semarang State University, Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. He has special interest in English
Language Teaching Materials Development and English Language Teaching Methodology. He
has published some articles in journals in the area. He has also presented some of his research
results in international seminar such as TEFLIN, ELTLT, and ICTTE.