Volume 8, Numéro 14, Pages 47-56
The educational reform which has been launched in the 2000’s brought a big shift in the Algerian educational learning process, a shift which has brought a focus on cognition, metacognition, critical thinking and knowledge construction. Among the competencies that have been given due concern, the intellectual competency is regarded as central in the recent educational reform movement. In the present study, we shall attempt to give prominence to the way the process of inquiry learning is tackled in traditional receptive and productive skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), and grammar lessons, in an EFL Algerian Middle School manual. We shall go over Spotlight on English book three, a textbook designed to the third college school classes, to illustrate how the discovery/ inquiry- based process is implemented. Our choice of MS3 textbook is determined by the belief that this manual is used in periods when learners are less affected by the need to adapt to a new subject (English) or exam stress (BEF exam).