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Title: A critical assessment of teaching materials used in the first two years of English teaching in government schools and in primary teacher training colleges in Iraq for the training of teachers of English (Post World War 1 to 1970)
Author: Hakim, Selim
ISNI:       0000 0004 2678 1079
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 1984
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Soon after World War I the British authorities opened primary and other schools in Iraq. Arabic replaced Turkish as the medium of instruction, and English was introduced as the only foreign language. English textbooks were imported from Egypt, India and Syria. Later, books for English-speaking children found their way into Iraqi schools. English syllabuses were drafted and approved textbooks recommended, both undergoing rapid changes by a process of trial and error. The training of teachers for English teaching got under way in the-late thirties and in due course specialist committees were formed and new English language textbooks written for Iraq, these remaining in use for over two decades till 1970. This thesis will present a critical assessment of all the various English language teaching and teacher training materials used in Iraq for some 50 years. In the main three techniques will be employed: 1) the assessment of the texts by internal evidence, eg appropriateness of stated or implicit aims, quality of linguistic grading, relevance to the learners' needs and backgrounds, etc.; 2) comparison of the texts with others used in similar circumstances elsewhere and with the widely accepted tenets of progressive language teaching methodology; 3) the evidence of contemporary comments in inspectorial reports, committee minutes, etc. in the author's possession or elsewhere. By these means it is hoped to demonstrate the contribution of the Iraqi experience to the problems of the teaching and learning of English as a foreign international language.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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