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Gender Stereotypes and Representation in EFL Textbooks
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay contains a qualitative discourse analysis of two EFL textbooks that are being used for English 5 in Swedish upper secondary schools today. The analysis is focused on gender equality in terms of gender representation in occupational roles and in general, as well as how males and females are depicted in terms of character traits and language use. Previous research indicates a diachronic development of gender equality in EFL textbooks. However, it was stated that gender bias was still visible in previously analyzed textbooks and further improvement was needed. In this study an analysis of two modern EFL textbooks was made. The study showed that modern EFL textbooks meet the requirements of the curriculum issued by The Swedish National Agency for Education regarding gender equality to a certain extent. However, further improvement is needed for the modern textbooks to be considered gender equal and for the gender bias in textbooks to be eliminated. In addition, it is necessary for teachers to use their material with a gender equal perspective in mind.

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2019. , p. 23
Keywords [en]
Gender, gender equality, EFL textbooks, teaching, English language, teaching material.
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-178265OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-178265DiVA, id: diva2:1387720
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Available from: 2020-02-09 Created: 2020-01-22 Last updated: 2020-02-09Bibliographically approved

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