Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number 4 December 2022 Pp. 325 340
The Representation of Vocabulary Knowledge Aspects in Saudi EFL Textbooks
Hassan Ahmed Alshumrani
The Applied College
King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Corresponding Author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nesreen Masoud Al-Ahmadi
English Language Institute
King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Received: 09/21/2022 Accepted:11/22/2022 Published: 12/15/2022
Vocabulary growth is of great importance, and textbooks are the main sources of vocabulary learning for many EFL learners. Previous research has shown that learning vocabulary involves a mastery of several knowledge dimensions. Little research, however, has focused on vocabulary knowledge dimensions in EFL textbooks. It remains unclear how the different word knowledge dimensions are addressed in Saudi EFL textbooks and whether there is a variation among the textbooks in addressing the different dimensions. The present study aims to fill this gap by investigating how the different vocabulary knowledge dimensions are addressed in the local Saudi EFL textbooks. It investigates the activities in English textbooks that give attention to vocabulary to explore the amount of attention given to each dimension in a particular activity. To achieve this, all the 12 EFL textbooks used in primary and middle Saudi schools were analysed. Applying Nation’s (2013) framework of word knowledge, a total of 1181 activities were examined. The findings showed that textbooks for primary school levels place greater emphasis on form, followed by meaning and finally use, while in intermediate-level textbooks, the greatest attention is given to meaning, followed by use and then form. The results also reveal variations among the textbooks in the amount of attention given to the different vocabulary knowledge aspects. Pedagogical implications for textbook writers are suggested.
Keywords: English as a foreign language, Saudi EFL textbooks, vocabulary knowledge, vocabulary teaching
Cite as: Alshumrani, H. A., & Al-Ahmadi, N. M (2022). The Representation of Vocabulary Knowledge Aspects in Saudi EFL
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