PROVERBS TEACHING IN EFL CLASSES: “WHERE THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY”
The present study aimed at investigating the presence of proverbs in English textbooks taught to EFL Arab learners as well as investigating the attitudes of English language teachers towards proverbs as part of the EFL teaching materials. Results of the content analysis which has been carried out on four English textbooks of the Enterprise series show that teaching proverbs is included as part of the teaching material presented to the students. Proverbs are presented in different ways: sometimes they are used as titles of units, in vocabulary exercises, or as separate sections at the end of each unit. And they appear either in their original form or truncated. On the other hand, teachers' attitudes towards teaching proverbs to EFL learners show their belief in the importance of teaching proverbs since they convey the culture and wisdom of their users, moreover, they provide students with a rich source of vocabulary. They also give them an opportunity of making comparisons between their own proverbs and the English ones thus broadening their knowledge of the world; finally, they help students to express themselves in English in a more natural, native-like way.
International Burch University