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EDF6234 - Curriculum design and evaluation in languages education

12 points, SCA Band 0, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Dr M Gearon


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Evening)


The unit examines recent trends in language teaching curriculum design and program evaluation in second and foreign language education. Students explore in detail a range of syllabus types. Procedures for analysing the needs of learners of foreign and second languages in the students' context are discussed, and relevant curriculum documents from their context are viewed critically.


The learning objectives of this unit are to enable participants to revise the implications of first and second language acquisition research for language teaching and learning and their impact on curriculum in their school/teaching institution; familiarize themselves with current language policy and curriculum developments at state, national and international levels; familiarize themselves with models and processes involved in designing a curriculum document; experience a reflective model of teaching and learning by reflecting alone, or in discussion with others, on the theories and issues related to curriculum issues.


Two assignments: (2 x 4000 words each): 80%
In-class task (1000 words equivalent): 20%

Contact hours

3 hours per week