College of Language, Linguistics and
Department of English
Text Book Evaluation
In partial fulfillment of the requirements in ELT
505: Preparation and Evaluation of
Noveras, Ellen P.
02 October, 2010
English for a Better World III, An Interactive, Collaborative and Integrative Worktext for High School was published in 2007 by Rex Book Store, Inc. It is an educational material prepared by Emerita G. Magsajo-Sarno, Esther L. Baraceros, and Pilar R. Yu.
Emerita G. Magsajo-Sarno, Ph.D. is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She finished her Master of Education, major in Language Teaching at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 1980. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy, major in Educational Administration at the same university. At present, she is a professor at the University of Asia and the Pacific.
Esther L. Baraceros, Ph.D. obtained her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree from St. Louis University and her Bachelor of Laws from the Lyceum of the Philippines University. She finished her M. Ed. in Language Teaching and Ph. D. in English Studies at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She also earned 24 units for Ph. D. in Reading Education from the same university. At present, she is an associate professor in English at the College of Architecture, University of Sto. Tomas.
Pilar R. Yu, on the other hand, obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass
Communication degree from the Far Eastern University, her Master of Arts in Communication Arts (English) from the Pangasinan State University and her Master of Education in Theatrical Arts from the West Visayas State University. Ms. Yu developed Instructional Materials for Communication Arts in English and coauthored Fundamentals of Grammar and Learn to Write series. Today, she is a lecturer and a trainor in effective communication and personality development.
The authors came up with a Basic Education Curriculum 2002 compliant worktext whose theoretical framework reflect the theory of language, theory of language acquisition and the pedagogical thrusts which prevail at the time indicated. “Language is viewed as a means of communication in the real world” (Basic Education Curriculum, Secondary Level 2002) is the theory of language reflected in the material. Thus, the goal “to develop the four competencies – linguistic, sociolinguistic, discoursal and strategic with emphasis on cognitive academic language proficiency based on the students’ need for the language” (BEC, 2002) is evident in the presentation of the lessons and activities in the material. Hence, the worktext’s preface indicates its aim to
improve and maximize the development of the learners’ communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Thus, it caters mechanics of good usage for correct, decent and acceptable expression, provides learning activities which require the students’ mastery of the various techniques of getting the meaning of difficult words such as the use of context clues, classification, clustering, collocation and antonomasia. Moreover, it offers tasks which promote exchange of ideas among students and intends to enrich their world views for world progress (Barraceros, Magsajo-Sarno, Yu, 2007) with the help of the reading and literary selections written by Filipino, English and American authors. Its scope and sequence exactly adopted the BEC’s 2002 scope and sequence as follows:
I. In the Realms of Thoughts
III. Quality, not Quantity
IV. Making a Difference