Identity perception and hidden curriculum in the coursebooks teaching Turkish and English as a foreign language

Alagözlü N., Telçeken M.

Turkbilig, vol.30, pp.245-268, 2015 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Journal Name: Turkbilig
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.245-268
  • Keywords: Attitudes, Coursebooks, EFL, Hidden curriculum, TFL
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Identity perception, presentation and attitudes as part of hidden curriculum in foreign language teaching coursebooks are worth examining due to the fact that they do not only teach a foreign language, but also change or shape world view of the learners implicitly. In this study, we aim to explore any possible hidden ideology and identity construction efforts in the argumentative texts selected from TFL (Turkish as a foreign language) and EFL (English as a foreign language) coursebooks making use of the premises of Social Identity Theory (SIT) by Taifel (1979) and Sentiment Analysis (Liu, 2012). For the analysis, several argumentative texts sharing the same topic from the two coursebooks were purposively selected and compared. The texts were analysed in three aspects: 'Identity perception and presentation', 'Us and Them Distinction' and 'Positive/Negative/Neutral Attitudes towards particular themes/notions in the texts' Any ideological imposition or bias in the coursebooks was thought to be significant for language teachers, instructors, administrators and curriculum developers who must be aware of the probable implicit mechanism that affects the learners in the coursebooks.