|aEnglish education starts with grade three in elementary school since 2005 in Taiwan and there are several versions of textbooks available for the elementary school level. This study adopts eight textbooks of two versions from two different publishers. The purpose of the study aims to investigate the teaching textbooks, to analyze the different English textbooks used in elementary school grade three and four in Taiwan and mainly focuses on the content of the textbooks concerning contents, vocabulary, sentences pattern, and text length. The researcher also investigates whether the textbooks fulfill the One to Nine Curriculum Guidelines of Ministry of Education or not. The results of the study showed that there are five differences and two similarities between two versions. First, the version A and B are different in the content sequence in four volumes of two versions. Second, the culture & festivals units are different between two versions. Third, the sentence patterns are different in two versions. Fourth, the version B is more than the version A in the sum of the vocabulary quantity. Finally, the version A text length is more than that of the version B. Theme of each unit and the theme of festivals in two versions are similar. Both versions fulfill One to Nine Curriculum Guidelines. The guidelines include the contents (themes), relating to the students’ daily lives, and also the culture & festivals. This study might serve as reference for material designers, English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers, and textbook editors..
|aEnglish as a Second Language
|aProvidence University.|bGraduate Program of Department of English Language, Literature and Linguistics.