Course outline_ENG709_Course Design and Material Development

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

Title:                    Course Design and Material Development        

Course code:       ENG709

No. of credits:      3 credits

 

1. COURSE OVERVIEW

This course will provide the principles and skills to design, assess and improve language courses (60% weighting) and instructional materials (40% weighting). Students will study types of language courses, syllabi and materials and understand the principles of language course design, material development and the procedures. In particular, students will be trained to analyze the learners' needs, identify the course objectives, construct course contents, make suitable syllabus and develop materials for English teaching. In addition, learners will also be able to assess the courses and materials based on these principles.

2. COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • The course presents key concepts of ELT curriculum;
  • The course indicates key concepts and principles of course and syllabus design as well as material development;
  • Students will be trained in connecting key concepts and principles for course development in designing the course and syllabus as well as developing pieces of materials in specific contexts.
  • The course ultimately enhances students’ self-reflection on their learning and teching contexts for their professional development and for their confidence in conducting their teaching activities.

3. TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS

  • Learners’ needs analysis and tools for needs analysis
  • Planning goals, defining objectives and learning outcomes
  • Syllabus types
  • Syllabus design
  • The role and design of instructional materials.
  • Principles of material development
  • Use of non-text book recourses
  • Instructional material evaluation

4. MATERIALS

Required textbooks

  • Richards, J. C. (2017). Curriculum development in language teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Nunan, D. (2008). Syllabus design. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Tomlinson, B. (2011). Materials development in language teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bao Dat (2018) (Ed). Creativity and innovations in ELT materials development: looking beyond the current design. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

5. ASSESSMENT

5.1     Midterm (50%)

  • Group work presentation: Reflect on the development of the current course. (25%)
  • Group work presentation: Evaluate the materials are using for the current course (25%)

5.2     Final (50%)

  • A course design project

6. STUDENT WORKLOAD

  • Directed study:               45 periods
  • Independent Study:        135 periods

 
 
 
 
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