What is it about?

This study concluded that EFL textbooks for senior high schools in Indonesia meet the criteria of the pedagogical objectives. This current study can provide useful information for textbook developers, illustrators, teachers and students. Developers and illustrators need to be aware that their choice of visual images can supplement the information provided by the text. They need to pay attention to the function of visual images, whether as informative, illustrative, or decorative information.

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Why is it important?

In Indonesia, no studies have been conducted to analyse them in terms of their pedagogical functions and there is a lack of research on this area in EFL textbooks. Therefore, there is a need for research on the visual images in EFL textbooks in relation to their functions and characteristics, and whether they are more decorative than pedagogically useful.


I hope this paper provides knowledge what people think visual images in textbooks do not have any significance effect to readers in understanding texts. This paper shed lights on the functions as well as the appropriateness and suitability of visual images for pedagogical purposes.

Dewi Satria Elmiana
Queen's University Belfast

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This page is a summary of: Pedagogical representation of visual images in EFL textbooks: a multimodal perspective, Pedagogy Culture and Society, January 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2019.1569550.
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