ANALYSIS OF THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEXTBOOK OF THE 19TH CENTURY AS A WAY OF RECONSTRUCTING TEACHING METHODOLOGY

  • Moskovkin, L.
  • Vlasov, S.
Abstract:
The article deals with the problem of foreign language textbook analysis as a way of reconstructing teaching methodology. Modern textbook analysis schemes reflect requirements of modern language pedagogy and are not applicable to textbooks of the 19th century. Therefore, it is necessary to develop a scheme that would match peculiarities of language pedagogy of that time. The purpose of the study is to develop a scheme for analyzing foreign language textbooks of the 19th century and carry out its approbation. Research methods are the following: (1) analysis of foreign language textbooks of the 19th century to identify their typological features and create a scheme of textbook analysis; (2) approbation of this scheme by analyzing one chosen foreign language textbook; (3) comparison of the textbook analysis results with the author’s methodological views. The designed scheme is based on the following typological features of textbooks: theoretical or practical orientation, use of translation, peculiarities of linguistic and socio-cultural content, way of organizing the learning content in the textbook and its lessons, presence of pictures, adaptation to the students’ needs and possibilities. This scheme was tested in the analysis of the French language textbook for Russian students "Initial rules for learning French" (1832) by J. H. Ph. Seidenstucker. The study revealed that the textbook presented a variant of grammar-translation method. It was aimed at developing speaking skills based on the ability to build sentences. Comparison of the textbook analysis results with descriptions of Seidenstucker’s methodological views revealed their coincidence in many aspects. It confirms the validity of the applied scheme as a means of reconstructing teaching methodology reflected in foreign language textbooks of the 19th century. The results of the study are significant not only for the history of teaching foreign languages. A modified version of this scheme could be used in university pedagogical courses for analyzing modern foreign languages textbooks.
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Year:
2019
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
teaching of foreign languages; reconstruction of teaching methodology; scheme of textbook analysis; 19th century; Johann Heinrich Philipp Seidenstucker
Volume:
6
SGEM Book title:
6th SWS International Scientific Conference on Social Sciences ISCSS 2019
Book number:
4
SGEM Series:
SWS International Scientific Conference on Social Sciences - ISCSS
Pages:
33-38
SGEM supporters:
Bulgarian Acad Sci; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Slovak Acad Sci; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; World Acad Sci; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Ac
Period:
26 August – 1 September, 2019
ISBN:
978-619-7408-94-2
ISSN:
2682-9959
Conference:
6th SWS International Scientific Conference on Social Sciences ISCSS 2019, 26 August – 1 September, 2019
DOI:
10.5593/SWS.ISCSS.2019.4/S13.005
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