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Curriculum Development in Foreign Language Education: The Interface between Political and Professional Decisions

Péter Medgyes and Marianne Nikolov

in The Oxford Handbook of Applied Linguistics

Second edition

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780195384253
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195384253.013.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Curriculum Development in Foreign Language Education: The Interface between Political and Professional Decisions

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The essence of this article is the development of curriculum in foreign language education and the interface between political and professional. This article falls into two main sections. The first section is concerned with general aspects of curriculum development and innovation. It sets out to define the curriculum in relation to its sister concept, the syllabus, and it further examines the connection between theoretical and practical aspects of curriculum development. It goes on to address the issue of curriculum innovation, an undertaking aimed at resolving the conflict between what is desirable and what is acceptable and feasible. In view of pressing needs, this contradiction has become more acute in recent years, giving rise to various kinds of friction between curriculum designers and teachers on the one hand and specialists and policymakers on the other. Among all the conditions of curriculum reforms, the primary one requires concerted efforts among all participants in education.

Keywords: curriculum; curriculum development; foreign language education; curriculum designers; teachers

Article.  4936 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Language Acquisition ; Sociolinguistics

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