Wafa Ismail Saud1
1Department of English, Faculty of Languages and Translation, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
Abstract: The purpose of the present study was to describe the types and levels of questions available in the textbook TRIO Reading 2, which is used for level two at the English Department, King Khalid University. The study aimed to identify and analyse the questions based on Bloom’s Taxonomy (1956) of the cognitive domain. Data were analysed using a coding scheme based on Bloom’s Taxonomy. The findings indicated that the questions in the TRIO Reading 2 textbook covered all the cognitive domain levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy i.e. knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, syntheses, and evaluation. The most popular type of questions used was aligned with comprehension followed by knowledge and syntheses, then by evaluation while analysis and application were the least frequently used in the textbook. Results also revealed that among the 335 questions in the textbook, 177 of them focused on the lower level and 158 focused on the higher level ones. The study recommended that EFL teachers and academic policymakers should regularly evaluate the effectiveness of university textbooks and maintain a balance between both higher and lower level questions.
Keywords: Bloom’s Taxonomy, English Language Textbooks, Types of Questions, Textbook Evaluation, Learning Objectives
Published: August 25, 2022
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International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies
ISSN 2520-0968 (Online), ISSN 2409-1294 (Print), September 2022, Vol.9, No.3