LING 404: Curriculum Design in Language Education (10 credits)

Course Aims and Objectives

This module provides an introduction to some of the main research, theorising and practice involved in the evaluation and design of curricula for English language education. It does so by looking in turn at each of the main levels of activity involved, i.e., needs analysis, course design, materials design, syllabus design and materials evaluation and adaptation. Relevant academic concepts for each of these areas will be studied, but the main emphasis will be attempting to understand and use the practical procedures involved.

Course Content

  • Module introduction
  • Course design: basic principles
  • Needs analysis
  • Materials design
  • Syllabus design and use
  • Materials evaluation and adaptation


A 2,500 word essay.

Recommended Reading

Alderson, J.C. and A. Beretta (eds.). (1992). Evaluating second language education. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hutchinson, T. and A. Waters. (1987). English for specific purposes: a learning-centred approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Johnson, R.K. (1989). The Second language curriculum. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

McGrath, I. (2002). Materials evaluation and design for language teaching. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Nunan, D. (1999). Second language teaching & learning. Boston, Mass.: Heinle & Heinle.

Richards, J. C. (2001). Curriculum development in language teaching. New York: Cambridge University Press.

White, R.V. (1988). The ELT curriculum: design, innovation, and management. Oxford: Blackwell.


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