Case Studies in Language Curriculum Design

Case Studies in Language Curriculum Design : Concepts and Approaches in Action Around the World

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5.08mm | 318g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 26 Tables, black and white
  • 041588232X
  • 9780415882323
  • 572,261

Table of contents



Paul Nation and John Macalister

A survival language learning syllabus for foreign travel

Paul Nation and David Crabbe

Design meeting context: A general English course for Burmese adults

Katie Julian and Derek Foster

Designing English language courses for Omani students

Angela Joe

My ideal vocabulary teaching course

Paul Nation

Opening the door to international communication: Peruvian officials and APEC

Susan Smith

Helping skilled migrants into employment: The workplace communication program

Nicky Riddiford

The blended language learning course in Taiwan: Issues & challenges of instructional design

Gi-Zen Liu

Designing the assessment of a university ESOL course

John Read and Lizzy Roe

Refreshing a writing course: The role of evaluation

John Macalister

Localizing Spanish in the Ann Arbor Languages Partnership: Develoopiing and using a `teachable' curriculum

Donald Freeman, Maria Coolican and Kathleen Graves

Learning to teach Spanish: Identifying, inducting, and supporting apprentice teachers in the Ann Arbor Languages Partnership

Donald Freeman, Maria Coolican and Kathleen Graves

Negotiated syllabuses: Do you want to?

Andrew Boon

Enhancing consumerist literacy practices in an urbanizing community

Moses Samuel and Saratha Sithamparam

The teacher as intermediary between national curriculum and classroom

Kevin Parent

Developing a blogwriting program at a Japanese university

Patrick Foss
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About John Macalister

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.
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