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.

Technology-Based Writing Help and Assessment

Learning how to write in a second language at an academic level, acceptable for higher education, is a daunting, time intensive task for any language learner. Equally daunting is the amount of marking that teachers take on as they push their students to perfect their academic writing.

Researchers in computational linguistics have been working on technology-supported ways to facilitate the writing process.

Give 'Em Something to Talk About

Communicative language teaching, task-based language teaching, problem-based language teaching, post-methodology teaching - these methodologies around which we build our curricula all focus on the language aspect of language teaching. Our outcomes articulate what language students can understand and what they can produce with the language.  

All of this is logical - learning language is why our students take our classes. However, in our focus on language, we sometimes forget that as our students learn to speak English, they need to have something to speak ABOUT.

Differentiating the Levels of Your Classes

One of the questions that I often ask as I work with language programs on their curriculum documents is "What differentiates your Level 1 from your Level 2 class? And your Level 2 class from your Level 3 class?".  With these questions, I get those responsible for the curriculum to start to articulate the language proficiency progression that the students are to go through as they move from one level to the next.