To what extent Do the activities of the Algerian Middle School Textbook of English On the Move Respond to the Aims and Principles of CBA?
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Education reforms, especially in Algeria, have adopted the Competency-Based Approach (CBA) to improve the level of efficiency of the educational and pedagogical systems in which “competency” constitutes the central objective. CBA is intensely incorporated in the Algerian syllabus design since the early 2000s in order to suggest an effective language teaching tool as well as a competency-based teaching/learning material. Based on that, the work at hand deals with an evaluation of the activities suggested in the Algerian Middle school English textbook On the Move in relation to the principles of CBA. In addition to the activities, this research aims also to find out whether the training programmes in this instructional material, issued within the recent educational reform, reflect the principles of CBA. In order to address this issue and answer our research questions, we have conducted an examination of the activities suggested in the textbook in use, which is the linchpin of our investigation, along with relying on the theoretical guidelines suggested for teachers by the Algerian educational authorities which determine the learning objectives. Moreover, we have adopted a questionnaire which has been submitted to teachers of English in different middle schools around the region of Draa El Mizan in Tizi-Ouzou. The data gathered from the questionnaire has helped us in eliciting a base of knowledge regarding the content of the textbook and the nature of the activities. Despite some shortcomings, the attained results disclose that On the Move’s activities perfectly reflect the principles of CBA.
- Département d'Anglais