ELT Materials as Sites of Values Education: A Preliminary Observation of Secondary School Materials

  • Siew Mei Wu
  • Gene Segarra NaveraEmail author
Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 9)


The chapter raises and explores issues on English language teaching (ELT) materials as sites of values education in the Singapore secondary schools. It specifically examines secondary textbooks as a potential repository of cultural values. Using discourse analytical tools including White’s (The language of attitude, arguability and interpersonal positioning. From The Appraisal Homepage. Web site:, 2002) appraisal framework and a close reading of the selected texts, the authors demonstrate how certain values may be surfaced from the resources available for teaching in the secondary schools. The chapter concludes that the potential values offered by the textbooks may be tapped by teachers who need to exercise due care when critically engaging them in the classroom so that these values are realized in their proper contexts.


Cultural values Singapore ELT Textbooks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for English Language CommunicationNational University of Singapore (NUS)SingaporeSingapore

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