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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.


Bring your own technology, or BYOT, is a growing trend in the education sector. With a BYOT approach to technology, students are encouraged to bring their laptops, tablets and smartphones to class. Teachers then integrate the use of the devices into their lessons through online activities and application-based activities. BYOT is also known as BYOD or bring your own device.

BYOT has generated heated debate among educators. Those in favour of it say that since most students have these devices anyway, they may as well be used for educational purposes...

Using Word Lists

A trend that is gathering steam in teaching vocabulary is the use of word lists - lists of important, relevant or frequently used words in English. The word lists are generated through the computer analysis of a corpus, which is a compilation of English communication from designated sources. The General Service List (GSL) was the first of the word lists to appear, way back in 1953. The GSL is a list of the most frequently used head words in English - 2,284 of them, to be exact. Since its introduction, the GSL has formed the basis of reading materials for both native and non-native speakers of English...

One Event, Many Motivations

There are many different reasons that athletes compete at the Olympic Games. There is, of course, the obvious one of trying to win a medal.  But winning a medal is not a realistic objective for most athletes at the Games; they may be the best at what they do in their home country, but they are not the best in the world and they have a realistic enough assessment of themselves to know this. So why go to the Olympics? Here are some possible motivations: to represent their country; to improve upon their past performances; to compete against the best in the world; to experience a new challenge; to meet athletes from around the world who practice the same sport; to take part in a global sporting event; and to have fun!

So what does this have to do with curriculum development?...