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Language Curriculum Design

2nd Edition

By John Macalister, I.S.P. Nation


240 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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Now in its second edition, Language Curriculum Design describes the steps involved in the curriculum design process, elaborates and justifies these steps, and provides opportunities for practicing and applying them. Crystal-clear and comprehensive yet concise, the steps are laid out at a general level so that they can be applied in a wide range of particular circumstances.

Updated throughout with cutting-edge research and theory, the second edition contains new examples on curriculum design and development and expanded attention on environment analysis, needs analysis, and program evaluation. The process comes to life through plentiful examples of actual applications from the authors’ experience and from published research. Each chapter also includes tasks that encourage readers to relate the steps to their own experience, and case studies and suggestions for further reading.

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.

Table of Contents

1. Language Curriculum Design: An Overview

2. Environment Analysis

3. Needs Analysis

4. Principles

5. Goals, Content and Sequencing

6. Format and Presentation

7. Monitoring and Assessment

8. Evaluation

9. Approaches to Curriculum Design

10. Negotiated Syllabuses

11. Adopting and Adapting an Existing Course Book

12. Introducing Change

13. Planning an In-Service Course

14. Teaching and Curriculum Design

About the Authors

John Macalister is Professor in Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Paul Nation is Professor Emeritus in Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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
EDUCATION / Curricula
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language