Integrating Communication Skills in the Algerian Middle School: An Analysis of the Textbook On the Move
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This study investigates the issue of teaching communication skills in English as a Foreign Language. It deals with the teaching of these skills in the Algerian middle school. It aims at analysing the textbook On the Move which is designed for the fourth year learners at middle school. To investigate this issue, we rely on Trilling and Fadel (2009) theoretical framework for teaching communication skills. A Mixed Method Research is used to gather and interpret the data. It is a combination of the quantitative and the qualitative methods. The quantitative method is shown in the use of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) in order to get numerical and statistical data whereas the qualitative one is revealed in the use of Trilling and Fadel (2009) framework and Content Analysis for the interpretation and the explanation of the findings. The data which are obtained from On the Move textbook include a total number of three hundred and fourteen (314) tasks. Among these tasks, only one hundred and eighty nine (189) tasks aim to teach communication skills. The results that are reached in this study show that the skill of articulating thoughts and ideas effectively is well developed in the textbook in comparison to the other skills which are listening effectively to decipher meaning, the use of communication for a range of purposes and communicate effectively in diverse environments. To sum up, communication skills are developed in On the Move only to some extent (24%) of the total number of tasks.
- Département d'Anglais