• Sereyrath Em University of Szeged
  • Nel Nun Faculty of Education, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia



English is a native language of some countries, a foreign language for many countries, and an international language for the whole world. English textbook is one of the most important learning and teaching materials in learning and teaching this language to succeed. This article aimed to examine students’ perception of their high school English textbook toward high school national exam papers. The article also aimed to examine students’ perceptions of English textbook that they want so that their needs for English, like daily activities and high school exams, are fulfilled. The study employed a qualitative design. 20 students participated in the study. The findings show that the current textbook is out of date. All the students wanted a new textbook providing them with the daily needs of English and the keys to passing their high school exams. A bigger sample size might be used in a future investigation. It is strongly suggested that the impact of English textbook on students' learning achievements be investigated. It is also suggested that teachers' attitudes toward English textbooks be examined.


Keywords: Cambodia, English Textbook, Grade-12 Student, High School Exam

Author Biography

Sereyrath Em, University of Szeged

Sereyrath Em is a Teacher of English with a higher education degree working at Kith Meng Brasat High School, a public school in Takeo province, Cambodia. Currently, he is a PhD student at the University of Cambodia and a Visiting Lecturer at Chea Sim University of Kamchaymear, Cambodia. Prior to this, he was a Teacher of English and Khmer Language at Darakum Lower Secondary School in Takeo province. He earned an MA in TESOL from Human Resource University and an MEd from National Institute of Education. He was awarded a scholarship to attend two training courses on Advanced Specialist Certificate in Teaching the Macro Skills at the Regional Language Center (RELC) in Singapore. He is also a former Cambodia International Education Support Foundation MA scholarship awardee. In 2020, he was awarded Thai Royal Scholarship for a PhD degree. Recently, he has won two PhD scholarships: the Chinese government scholarship and the Hungarian government scholarship.



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