Language Curriculum Design

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Taylor & Francis, Aug 20, 2009 - Education - 224 pages
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Crystal-clear and comprehensive yet concise, this text describes the steps involved in the curriculum design process, elaborates and justifies these steps, and provides opportunities for practicing and applying them. The description of the steps is done at a general level so that they can be applied in a wide range of particular circumstances. The process comes to life through plentiful examples of actual applications of the steps. Each chapter includes:

  • examples from the authors’ experience and from published research
  • tasks that encourage readers to relate the steps to their own experience
  • case studies and suggestions for further reading that put readers in touch with others’ experience

Curriculum, or course, design is largely a 'how-to-do-it' activity that involves the integration of knowledge from many of the areas in the field of Applied Linguistics, such as language acquisition research, teaching methodology, assessment, language description, and materials production. Combining sound research/theory with state-of-the-art practice, Language Curriculum Design is widely applicable for ESL/EFL language education courses around the world.

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A concise and practical guide with everything you need from start to finish for designing the format of your class. This book is an easy read with helpful tasks at the end of each chapter for contextualizing the information to make it as beneficial as possible for you personally. There are also several pro/con chapters to help you decide, for example, whether or not you should allow students to help you shape the class syllabus.
This book also discusses a lot of the latest theories in SLA, making it useful for foreign language education programs and students of such programs as well as in-service teachers. This information will also help ensure you don't make the same mistakes that were made when you took your L2 classes!

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About the author (2009)

I.S.P.  Nation is Professor in Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. In addition to books, his extensive list of publications on teaching and learning vocabulary, language teaching methodology, and curriculum design, includes journal articles, book chapters and book reviews. He has taught in Indonesia, Thailand, the United States, Finland and Japan.

John Macalister is Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He specialises in the fields of language teaching methodology and curriculum design and draws on experience in teacher education and curriculum design in Thailand, Cambodia, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Namibia.

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