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Rezaei T, Sojoodi F. The Representation of Sexuality in Visual Texts of English Language Teaching Books to non-English Language Speakers based on Visual- social Semiotics: The Case Study of American English File (2), Four. IQBQ. 2015; 6 (3) :115-140
URL: http://journals.modares.ac.ir/article-14-3618-en.html
1- Ph.D. Candidate in General Linguistics, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
2- Associate Professor of Semiotics and Linguistics, Tehran Art University, Tehran , Iran
Abstract:   (2506 Views)
In this study, we attempt to investigate the representation of sexuality in the images of English language teaching books (Four Corners (2) – American English File (2) – Interchange (2)) based on visual - social semiotics according to Halliday’s Functional linguistics and clearly followed by Kress and Van Leeuwen 2006 (1996).  Creating text, as an example image, is a discoursal and as a result a social action. This social action on textbooks which have been written for non-English language learners works at higher level. It works in intercultural level. As a result, there is always a constant problem: Is it possible that the central culture (English language society) creates discourse via the texts of the textbooks in which non-English speakers are considered strangers and they themselves are considered natural and familiar? This research via investigating images, texts , verbal titles and the margin of those images searches how English language teaching books portray English culture as evident, natural and inevitable and others as foreigners who only lose their alterity if they are attracted by this culture. The main goal of this research is to analyze English language teaching books and investigate their different discoursal, social and cultural outputs .Also this research tries to investigate the role of images in intercultural discoursal context. Cultural differences and their reflection in English language teaching textbooks with ideological outputs of images and modality in the images of textbooks are other marginal goals of this research.  
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Received: 2014/05/14 | Accepted: 2014/08/30 | Published: 2015/07/23

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