ELT Articles

Curriculum Development

Our Curriculum Development articles provide you with ideas to keep your language program’s curriculum interesting and motivating. The ideas help you fine tune an existing curriculum, integrate different technologies, or build a curriculum from the ground up.

Building Academic Excursions into Your Curriculum

Getting your students up and out of the classroom through academic excursions can be a great way to excite and motivate them. But academic excursions also serve a clear learning purpose. Students are surrounded by authentic language in action. They learn about the cultural context along with the language. They practice both their receptive and their productive skills. And they try their language out in a context that is not quite as safe as the classroom context, with you there to support them if needed. Depending upon student level and the course objectives, here are some possible academic excursions to build into your curriculum:

Incorporating Authentic Experiences into Lessons

One of the most motivating things for English language students is being able to use what they're learning in their day to day life. Throughout your curriculum, it is important to be able to stress exactly why each lesson is important by being able to relate it back to a real situation. Having this connection to real situations will help your students to be motivated to learn.

Blogging in the English Language Classroom

If you are looking to incorporate more online tasks into your curriculum, start by introducing blogging into your writing courses.

As the first step, have teachers discuss online safety with students and put safety parameters into place. Next, add in simple writing activities such as the following: