Participant information sheet for the Research Project: ‘What do teachers really think about global coursebooks?’

Dr Julie Norton, School of Education, e:;
Heather Buchanan, Leeds Metropolitan University, e:

You are invited to take part in this research study.
The following explains why the research is being done and what it will involve.

What is the purpose of this study?
We would like to find out more about what teachers think of global English language teaching coursebooks and how teachers use their course books.

Why you are being asked to take part?
We need to collect information by questionnaire and audio-recorded interviews in focus groups or individually from a range of English language teachers.

What will happen if you decide to take part?
We will ask you to sign a consent form and will invite you to complete a questionnaire. Some participants will also be invited to take part in a focus group or individual interview. You are free to withdraw from this research at any time.

Will the information you provide be kept confidential?
Your contributions to questionnaires and interviews will be treated and stored confidentially, as required by the Research Ethics Code of Leicester University and the Data Protection Act 2003. Information from your interviews will be transcribed anonymously. Any publications from this study will protect participants’ anonymity.

What are the likely benefits and costs of taking part?
Taking part will cost you approximately thirty-minutes to one hour to complete the questionnaire and one hour if you participate in a focus group. The research will benefit teachers of English as a foreign language, students, publishers and coursebook writers. We aim to disseminate the findings in a journal article in ELT Journal and the article will provide a summary of the findings and practical tips for using coursebooks to engage learners and improve motivation.

Thank you for taking the time to read this sheet. If you have any queries please ask for further clarification.

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