The representation of the "ideal life" in an English langugage textbook: a critical discourse analysis

Fitzgibbon, Linda (2013) The representation of the "ideal life" in an English langugage textbook: a critical discourse analysis. Journal of the Korea English Education Society, 12 1: 161-189.

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Author Fitzgibbon, Linda
Title The representation of the "ideal life" in an English langugage textbook: a critical discourse analysis
Journal name Journal of the Korea English Education Society
ISSN 1598-513X
Publication date 2013-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 12
Issue 1
Start page 161
End page 189
Total pages 29
Place of publication Cheongwon-gun, Chungbuk-do, Korea
Publisher The Korean English Education Society
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
English as a foreign language (EFL) is taught as a compulsory school subject in South Korea, from the third year of until the last year of formal schooling; then again at university, students take further compulsory English classes. There has been some evidence that these classes are not producing students who can speak English (DeMarco, 2011). In this paper I use critical discourse analysis as practiced by Bloor and Bloor (2007), Fairclough (1992), and Kress and van Leeuwen (2006) to provide systematic techniques for describing and later, interpreting the images, topics and discourses within one global commercial, textbook, Top Notch 2. My preliminary findings suggest that this book shows the 'ideal life' to be life of travel, find dining, and visiting museums: a life which characterizes people as white middle-class, slim, attractive, young, well-dressed, healthy, wealthy and happy. What is more, the ideal life is a lifestyle that caters to western cultures and values at the expense of Korean values and agency. English language teaching (ELT) literature has established that when students encounter hegemonic discourses resistance to learn can occur (Canagarajah, 1999).
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