Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Inthis subject students explore how to shape a language teaching program in waysthat engage critically with specifics of the location, history and purposes ofthat program. Programs from around the world are considered. Key issues in thedevelopment of curriculum for language teaching in diverse program contexts areexplored and related to assessment and reporting of learner languagedevelopment. Students are introduced to basic principles and trends incurriculum and syllabus design from both practical and theoretical perspectives.The relationship of materials, teaching approaches and syllabus to wider issuesof the nature of language and language learning and the cultural positioning ofcurriculum are explored. Students are encouraged to consider issues in andopportunities for transformative program design in relation to their specificcontexts. Some experience of language teaching would be preferable.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorShem Macdonald

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCase studies in language curriculum design: concepts and approaches in action around the world,PrescribedMacalister, J. and Nation, I. S. P. (eds) (2011)ROUTLEDGE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand key issues in the development of materials and curriculum for language teaching

Designing language learning programs: how to choose and why

02. Understand key issues related to assessment and reporting of learner language development

Designing language learning programs: context and purpose; Forms and functions in designing language learning programs

03. Understand basic principles and trends in materials and syllabus design from both a practical and a theoretical perspective

What is theory and why is it useful; resources and practices in CLT; Task-based language teaching; Content-based language teaching

04. Understand the relationship of materials and syllabus to wider issues of the nature of language and the nature of language learning and curriculum

Community connections in language learning and teaching

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Week 14-26, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorShem Macdonald

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 14 - 22
Eight 3.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 14 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 4000-word assignment70 01, 02, 03, 04
one poster presentation (1500-words equivalent)30 01, 04