Dr. Maryam Azarnoosh (Corresponding author), Fateme Daneshgar(MA student) & Zahra Daneshzadeh(MA student),
Department of English, Semnan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Semnan, Iran
The ability to read is a valuable asset that is considered highly important for personal, social, and academic achievement. Reading materials can be used for facilitating the learning of a language. They should be in accordance with the learners’ needs, culture, and context. It seems that reading comprehension is more difficult for EFL learners than for native speakers. So the materials should be designed in consideration with learners’ age, experience and needs, contextual factors, and educational objectives and policies. In Iran, vision 1is taught at high school level. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the reading sections of the aforementioned book based on some recent principles such as Tomlinson and Masuhara’s (2013) framework. The results indicate little improvement in the reading sections of the newly developed textbook in comparison to the former textbooks taught at high school level. There are also weaknesses in the reading parts in not meeting the needs of teachers and learners.
The above abstract is part of the article which was accepted at The Third International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics (WWW.LLLD.IR) & The Fifth National Conference on English Studies and Linguistics (WWW.ELTL.IR) , 31 January-1February 2019 , Iran-Ahwaz.