I am what I am: Exploring the identity construal in Pakistani School EFL Textbooks


  • Tazanfal Tehseem Assistant Professor at the Department of English, University of Sargodha, Pakistan
  • Naima Tassadiq Research Scholar at the Department of English, University of Sargodha, Pakistan
  • Rabia Faiz Assistant Professor at the Department of English, University of Sargodha, Pakistan
  • Lala Rukh Research Scholar at the Department of English, University of Sargodha, Pakistan




Genre Analysis, Textbooks, Identities, Systemic Functional Linguistic


This paper aims at exploring how identity is construed in children’s literature and how the powerful legitimize to identify the textbook consumers by exercising their influence. Drawing on Systemic-functional Linguistics (Halliday and Matthiessen, 2014), particularly Genre theory (Martin and Rose, 2008), it examines how English language textbooks used in Pakistan are written to construe, a project, and normalize a particular sociocultural identity. The sociocultural positioning being projected through the textbooks can be norm-conforming, contesting or can suggest otherwise. The majority of the students in Pakistan are mandated to learn state governed textbooks which serve them build up a sociopolitical identity. Therefore, underlying semiotic modalities realizing a perspective are pertinent to be explored in order to unfold discursive strategies for constructing identity. It is widely acknowledged that any educational curriculum is the most effective tool to construct and circulate a reality. Therefore, challenging any literacy pedagogy embedding particular outcomes can help transforming educational practices across the school curriculum (Martin and Rose, 2012). The data comprises Punjab English textbooks for the government schools. The findings suggest that the intriguing intricacies of textbook discourses can be successfully examined through analyzing linguistic patterns and that the textbooks construe sociocultural identity. The findings also provide insightful implications for discourse analysis based on SFL by contributing explorations of identity.


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How to Cite

Tehseem, T. ., Tassadiq, N. ., Faiz, R. ., & Rukh , L. . (2021). I am what I am: Exploring the identity construal in Pakistani School EFL Textbooks. Review of Applied Management and Social Sciences, 4(3), 679-691. https://doi.org/10.47067/ramss.v4i3.174