Dr. Zahra Zohoorian, Islamic Azad University of Mashhad
Authenticity is extensively advocated for language teaching. It is also recommended for language teaching settings such as EAP as the students have to deal with real-world and authentic language use. The present paper presents the evaluation of the current EAP courses in Iran concerning authenticity. Taking a mixed-method approach to conduct the study, the quantitative data collected through the administration of the authenticity evaluation checklist as well as the qualitative data collected through the interviews were triangulated. The findings revealed that while authenticity of the four aspects of context, teacher, student, and text are considered as vital, the current EAP courses have limited authenticity and in some aspects it is absent. The findings of the study invite the EAP stakeholders in Iran, specifically EAP curriculum designers and materials developers, to conduct a closer evaluation of these courses especially at material development level.
The above abstract is part of the article which was accepted at The First National Conference on English Studies and Linguistics (WWW.ELTL.IR) , 5-6 March 2015 , Iran-Ahwaz.