NGUYET HUYNH -

AN EVALUATION OF NEW SENIOR HIGHSCHOOL ENGLISH TEXTBOOKS IN VIETNAM: A CORPUS LINGUISTIC PERSPECTIVE. : CURRICULUM AND MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT

In the era of educational reform since 2000, The National Language Project 2020 was enforced from 2008 in order to enhance English competence of Vietnamese. It provides comprehensive actions to obtain its goals. In the light of this Project, since the school year 2019, the new set of textbooks has been officially used in general education to replace the old one after five years of pilot implementation. This small-scale study is conducted to compare the two sets of textbooks and evaluate the efficacy of the new one by employing corpus linguistics’ approach, focusing on lexical resources at word level, particularly individual words and phrasal verbs. The goal of this study is to provide a quantitative evaluation of the lexical resources, which can contribute to the improvement of the current English textbooks. Results showed that there is no significant improvement in the new set of textbooks compared with the old one.

Nguyet Huynh is a lecturer at English Department, University of Foreign Language Studies, Da Nang, Viet Nam. She is currently doing her Ph.D. at National Taiwan Normal University. Her interests are, but not limited to, curriculum design, English teaching methodologies, and teacher education.