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Language Curriculum Design (ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series) [Paperback]

I.S.P Nation , John Macalister
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17 Sep 2009 0415806062 978-0415806060 1

Crystal-clear and comprehensive yet concise, this text describes the steps involved in the curriculum design process, elaborates and justifies these steps, and provides opportunities for practicing and applying them. The description of the steps is done at a general level so that they can be applied in a wide range of particular circumstances. The process comes to life through plentiful examples of actual applications of the steps. Each chapter includes:

  • examples from the authors’ experience and from published research
  • tasks that encourage readers to relate the steps to their own experience
  • case studies and suggestions for further reading that put readers in touch with others’ experience

Curriculum, or course, design is largely a 'how-to-do-it' activity that involves the integration of knowledge from many of the areas in the field of Applied Linguistics, such as language acquisition research, teaching methodology, assessment, language description, and materials production. 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.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (17 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415806062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415806060
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paul Nation is Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has taught in Indonesia, Thailand, the United States, Finland, and Japan. His specialist interests are language teaching methodology and the teaching and learning of vocabulary.
A four book series Reading for Speed and Fluency appeared from Compass Publishing in 2007 as well as a six book series called 4000 Essential English Words in 2009. His books on vocabulary include Teaching and Learning Vocabulary (1990) published by Heinle Cengage Learning, Learning Vocabulary in Another Language (2001) published by Cambridge University Press, Focus on Vocabulary (2007) (with Peter Gu) from Macmillan, and Teaching Vocabulary: Strategies and Techniques published by Cengage Learning (2008). Four books, Teaching ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking (2009) (with Jonathan Newton), Teaching ESL/EFL Reading and Writing (2009), Language Curriculum Design (with John Macalister) (2010) and Case Studies in Language Curriculum Design (with John Macalister) (2011) have been published by Routledge. His latest book on vocabulary is Researching and Analysing Vocabulary (2011) (with Stuart Webb) from Heinle Cengage Learning.

Two books strongly directed towards teachers have appeared from Compass Media in Seoul - What does every EFL Teacher Need to Know? and What does every ESL Teacher Need to Know? The ESL book is downloadable free as an electronic book from www.compasspub.com/ESLTK

The second edition of Learning Vocabulary in Another Language will appear in mid-2013 from Cambridge University Press.

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"Nation and Macalister have prepared a comprehensive book on curriculum design with extensive coverage of a variety of issues involved. The important message of this book is that every stakeholder in language education is a curriculum designer. Language Curriculum Design can empower them to play this role." —Teachers College Record

"This book offers a broad understanding of the process in a clear and comprehensive, yet concise package that—along with the model itself—can confidently guide users at the classroom and program level through the complex activity of language CD."—Leigh McDowll, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, JALT Journal

About the Author

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.

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.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A Clear Voice in the Debate 7 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback
It is important to remember that there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to teaching, and certainly not language teaching. Whichever of the main varietals you work with TEFL/TESL/TESOL/LOTE etc. you are always going to find things that don't work, that do work - and then don't work. Teaching any language is a fluid practice that has as much to do with the learners' attitudes/desires/culture/characters/predispositions/fears as it does with the nuts-and-bolts of grammar and syntax.

That established, however, there are certain 'ground rules' - certain mainstays that can give the novice a strong foundation upon which to build - and this texts presents those in a clear, concise, precise and ultimately very readable format. The book is well designed and the kind of reference resource that allows the reader to interact with it, put it down and then come back. The tone of the text is respectful, professional and not at all condescending - so it should suit both those experienced in the field and those new to it too. The chapter lengths are perfect, not too long and cover most bases.

If there is a criticism, then I would say that there needs to be more attention paid to progressive paradigms. Whilst there is a chapter on 'negotiated syllabi' (not syllabuses!!!) As an experienced professional, myself, I personally would have liked a couple more chapters on alternative/democratic/critical/emancipatory approaches to curriculum design - maybe that would be an idea for a follow-up text. The aforementioned said, clearly the book is a practical 'hands-on' life-raft for those charged with language curriculum design and perhaps my area of interest would cause confusion for newcomers.

To summate, an excellent book on a potentially dry topic, clear and concise, lots of food for though and yet lots of confirmations too. A valuable reference for any education professional charged with curriculum development - regardless of your discipline.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful but wordy 13 April 2012
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I have several of ISP Nation's English language teaching texts including this one. Nation (often with co-authors, in this case with John Macalister) is a well respected and practical expert in the ESL/EFL/TESOL field. His ideas are always sound and backed up with loads of knowledge about the research findings of many others. He is focussed on principles of language teaching and very critical of the many texts not based on research and current knowledge. For example most texts deal with opposites and morphologically and phonologically similar words together, but Nation points out research that indicates that this can be a source of interference in learning and remembering new vocabulary.

This text is extremely practical and covers all the essential considerations that need forethought and attention when designing a language curriculum. Nation does not recommend a single approach that could be "grafted on" to any existing language teaching and learning situation. The chapters are well-sequenced and contain much helpful advice and many suggestions and ideas for class use. He is blunt about some of the failings of many published course books intended for the language learner.

One quibble I have is with the text itself. In some places it reads as if it were dictated as the sentences ramble on where a couple of short sentences would be clearer. I am an experienced language teacher but found myself having to read some paragraphs aloud to myself in order to be clear about what is the important part of the message. Some careful editing would make the book easier to read and the content easier to grasp. (But it is better than another of Nation's texts: Learning Vocabulary in Another Language which really needs severe editing.)

Another minor quibble is that, as with many references for English language teachers, the examples look mostly at the needs of English learners living in English speaking countries. For those of us working in NES countries it is easy to feel a little overlooked.

But, in general, this text is as helpful as anything I have found for the English language teacher.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curriculum design made approachable 6 Feb 2011
By Emilia - Published on Amazon.com
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Language Curriculum Design is a concise, easy-to-follow guide to curriculum design using the latest research. Teachers will find this useful for both ESL and EFL/TESOL contexts among others, and suitable for many different types of teaching. The chapters are short, yet full of useful information for both theory and practice. And bonus, it arrived very promptly!
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 14 July 2014
By zhaohui - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is mostly for the beginners and so seems not so helpful to the advanced language learners.
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful 29 May 2014
By Rosanna Willhite - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was helpful and really good supplemental reading to the Language Curriculum Design book. However, I kinda think that they should be sold as one.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Clear Voice in the Debate 7 Mar 2013
By ARWoollock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It is important to remember that there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to teaching, and certainly not language teaching. Whichever of the main varietals you work with TEFL/TESL/TESOL/LOTE etc. you are always going to find things that don't work, that do work - and then don't work. Teaching any language is a fluid practice that has as much to do with the learners' attitudes/desires/culture/characters/predispositions/fears as it does with the nuts-and-bolts of grammar and syntax.

That established, however, there are certain 'ground rules' - certain mainstays that can give the novice a strong foundation upon which to build - and this texts presents those in a clear, concise, precise and ultimately very readable format. The book is well designed and the kind of reference resource that allows the reader to interact with it, put it down and then come back. The tone of the text is respectful, professional and not at all condescending - so it should suit both those experienced in the field and those new to it too. The chapter lengths are perfect, not too long and cover most bases.

If there is a criticism, then I would say that there needs to be more attention paid to progressive paradigms. Whilst there is a chapter on 'negotiated syllabi' (not syllabuses!!!) As an experienced professional, myself, I personally would have liked a couple more chapters on alternative/democratic/critical/emancipatory approaches to curriculum design - maybe that would be an idea for a follow-up text. The aforementioned said, clearly the book is a practical 'hands-on' life-raft for those charged with language curriculum design and perhaps my area of interest would cause confusion for newcomers.

To summate, an excellent book on a potentially dry topic, clear and concise, lots of food for though and yet lots of confirmations too. A valuable reference for any education professional charged with curriculum development - regardless of your discipline.
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