Methodological Flaws in Corpus-Based Studies on Malaysian ESL Textbooks

Abdolvahed Zarifi, Jayakaran Mukundan, Seyed Ali Rezvani Kalajahi

Abstract


With the increasing interest among the pedagogy researchers in the use of corpus linguistics methodologies to study
textbooks, there has emerged a similar enthusiasm among the materials developers to draw on empirical findings in the
development of the state-of-the-art curricula and syllabi. In order for these research findings to have their impact felt in
language pedagogy, the researchers should, however, follow the well-established principles of the methodology. In an
attempt to investigate the extent to which the researchers abide by these standards, the current paper reviews a number
of corpus-based studies carried out on the ELT textbooks in Malaysia. It was specifically intended to shed light on the
possible methodological flaws committed by the researchers. The study, it is the hope of the researchers, could provide
some guidelines for the researchers to carry out further corpus-based studies on EFL/ESL instructional materials as
well.


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