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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students explore how to shape a language teaching program in ways that engage critically with specifics of the location, history and purposes of that program. Programs from around the world are considered. Key issues in the development of curriculum for language teaching in diverse program contexts are explored and related to assessment and reporting of learner language development. Students are introduced to basic principles and trends in curriculum and syllabus design from both practical and theoretical perspectives. The relationship of materials, teaching approaches and syllabus to wider issues of the nature of language and language learning and the cultural positioning of curriculum are explored. Students are encouraged to consider issues in and opportunities for transformative program design in relation to their specific contexts. Some experience of language teaching would be preferable.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHoward Nicholas

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesDesigning language learning programs: context and purpose; Forms and functions in designing language learning programs. What is theory and why is it useful; resources and practices in CLT; Task-based language teaching; Content-based language teaching. Community connections in language learning and teaching

Capstone subjectNo

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Learning resources

Case studies in language curriculum design: concepts and approaches in action around the world

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorMacalister, J. and Nation, I. S. P.




ISBN9780415882323, 041588232X

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Work-based learningNo

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically understand key issues in the development of materials and curriculum for language teaching
02. Research and apply key issues related to assessment and reporting of learner language development
03. Synthesise basic principles and trends in materials and syllabus design from both a practical and a theoretical perspective
04. Apply insights from wider issues of the nature of language and the nature of language learning to the relationships between materials, syllabus and curriculum

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