The ELT Curriculum: Design, Innovation and Mangement

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Wiley, Jun 29, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 204 pages
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ELT teachers today are faced with a bewildering choice of aims, methods and materials. How can they design or choose language curricula best suited to their learners' needs? What options are open to them in designing and introducing new Syllabuses and methods? In answering these questions, the author begins by reviewing historically the development of ideas on language teaching and language curriculum. He describes various types of syllabus, both past and current, and he highlights the assumptions, principles and aims underlying them. Proposing curriculum renewal is one matter; introducing it into an existing system is quite another. The effective management and implementation of curriculum change forms the basis of the successful introduction of new syllabuses, materials and methods, issues about which the author offers theoretical guidance and practical advice based on evidence derived form the study of innovation in education.

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An excellent book still unique in terms of its coverage of not only the core of ELT syllabus design, but also the closely-related areas of curriculum development and innovation management. It manages to be theoretically comprehensive and very readable and down-to-earth, and, not least, is also very concise. Thoroughly recommended for anyone looking for a first-rate introduction to the areas it covers.
Alan Waters
Lancaster University

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Ronald V. White is Associate Director of the Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Reading.

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