A Gender Analysis of the English Language Textbook "English For Iraq" Used in the Fifth Preparatory Classes in the Iraqi Preparatory Schools: An Evaluative Study

Abstract

lthough many societies, all over the world and Iraq amongst them, had started to adopt new attitudes towards women and their roles in building the societies, we still can find the same old sexist views exist in the majority of the EFL textbooks. This study is an attempt to explore the status of sexism in the current EFL textbook "English for Iraq" used in the fifth preparatory classes in the Iraqi preparatory schools. The study uncovers many aspects of sexism in this textbook. It shows that the women in the English language textbook "English for Iraq" are less visible than men as characters, and are portrayed in stereotypical roles with occupations.