Wither Textbooks in Language Teaching? A Closer Look at Teaching German as a Foreign Language in Sri Lanka in the Digital Age

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 716)

Abstract

Textbooks continue to be an integral part of language teaching and a main resource available to teachers and students. In this digital age the presentation of textbooks also have undergone many changes. In addition to the workbooks, audio CDs and teachers’ guides, the books are accompanied by CD-ROMs and additional downloadable material from the publishers’ sites. Nevertheless, there are several limitations in the textbooks especially when teaching advanced learners. Thus, the teachers opt for online material available today for language teaching. This paper examines whether the textbooks are becoming obsolete in this digital age with data obtained from Teaching German as a Foreign Language in Sri Lanka.

Keywords

Foreign language teaching Foreign language textbooks  Web-based teaching Learner autonomy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Modern LanguagesUniversity of KelaniyaKelaniyaSri Lanka

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