An Evaluation of the Cultural Elements within Malaysian Year 1 English Textbooks: KSSR SK English Year 1 and CEFR Super Minds 1

Authors

  • Rahmatullah Katawazai Kandahar University, Afghanistan
  • Mustafa Haidari Faculty of Languages and Literature, Department of English Language and Literature, Kandahar University, Afghanistan
  • Nur Rabi’ah Yahya Language Academy, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
  • Leonara Chin Language Academy, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
  • Izzaida Fadhya Che Ibrahim Language Academy, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
  • Nur Muiezah Muhydin Language Academy, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
  • Shanti C. Sandaran Language Academy, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11113/sh.v14n1.1821

Keywords:

Textbook evaluation, Cultural elements, Year 1 English Textbooks, Malaysia,

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the cultural elements of the new Malaysian Year 1 English Textbook, CEFR Super Minds 1 in comparison to the old KSSR SK English Year 1 textbook from the teachers’ perspectives. This study also attempts to find out the teachers’ opinions regarding the inclusion of local and foreign culture in the English textbook and to identify their preferred textbook among the two textbooks. The sample of the study is 30 English school teachers teaching Year 1 and 2 in the Johor State. A mixed-method research design was used to carry out the research. The instruments used were Likert scale checklist items and open-ended survey questions. The findings revealed that the teachers who participated in the study preferred the old textbook, KSSR SK English Year 1 over the new CEFR Super Minds 1 textbook. However, teachers also believed that while elements of local culture were important and necessary, the inclusion of foreign culture also has its benefits. 

Author Biography

Rahmatullah Katawazai, Kandahar University, Afghanistan

Teaching Assistant, Department of English Language and Literature

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Published

2022-01-01

How to Cite

Katawazai, R., Mustafa Haidari, Nur Rabi’ah Yahya, Leonara Chin, Izzaida Fadhya Che Ibrahim, Nur Muiezah Muhydin, & Shanti C. Sandaran. (2022). An Evaluation of the Cultural Elements within Malaysian Year 1 English Textbooks: KSSR SK English Year 1 and CEFR Super Minds 1. Sains Humanika, 14(1), 20–25. https://doi.org/10.11113/sh.v14n1.1821

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