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Case Studies in Language Curriculum Design

Concepts and Approaches in Action Around the World, 1st Edition

By John Macalister, I.S.P. Nation


216 pages

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Case studies are a powerful pedagogical tool for illuminating constructs and models in real-life contexts. Covering a wide range of teaching-learning contexts and offering in-depth analyses of ESL/ELT language curriculum design issues, this casebook is distinctive and unique in that each case draws on and is clearly linked to a single model presented in Nation and Macalister’s Language Curriculum Design (, giving the book a high degree of coherence. A short commentary by the editors after each case highlights features of note and/or issues arising from it. This is a versatile text, designed to work as a companion to Language Curriculum Design (adding meaning and depth to the model presented there by relating it to a range of applications), as a stand-alone text, or as a resource for language teacher trainees, teacher educators, practicing teachers, program administrators, and materials writers in the field.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. Paul Nation and John Macalister

  3. A survival language learning syllabus for foreign travel
  4. Paul Nation and David Crabbe

  5. Design meeting context: A general English course for Burmese adults
  6. Katie Julian and Derek Foster

  7. Designing English language courses for Omani students
  8. Angela Joe

  9. My ideal vocabulary teaching course
  10. Paul Nation

  11. Opening the door to international communication: Peruvian officials and APEC
  12. Susan Smith

  13. Helping skilled migrants into employment: The workplace communication program
  14. Nicky Riddiford

  15. The blended language learning course in Taiwan: Issues & challenges of instructional design
  16. Gi-Zen Liu

  17. Designing the assessment of a university ESOL course
  18. John Read and Lizzy Roe

  19. Refreshing a writing course: The role of evaluation
  20. John Macalister

  21. Localizing Spanish in the Ann Arbor Languages Partnership: Develoopiing and using a ‘teachable’ curriculum
  22. Donald Freeman, Maria Coolican and Kathleen Graves

  23. Learning to teach Spanish: Identifying, inducting, and supporting apprentice teachers in the Ann Arbor Languages Partnership
  24. Donald Freeman, Maria Coolican and Kathleen Graves

  25. Negotiated syllabuses: Do you want to?
  26. Andrew Boon

  27. Enhancing consumerist literacy practices in an urbanizing community
  28. Moses Samuel and Saratha Sithamparam

  29. The teacher as intermediary between national curriculum and classroom
  30. Kevin Parent

  31. Developing a blogwriting program at a Japanese university

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About the Authors

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.

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.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language