Brown's Approach to Language Curricula Applied to English Communicaiton Courses

Article appearing in Shiken 17.2 (December 2013) pp. 2-12.

Authors: Jonathan J. Harrison1 & Ruth Vanbaelen2
1. Nihon University, College of Science and Technology
2. Nihon University, College of Science and Technology

Brown's approach to designing and maintaining language curricula consists of six processes: needs analysis, objectives, testing, materials, teaching, and evaluation. This flexible approach was adapted for use in a program involving learners with a variety of needs and with various proficiencies. This systematic approach to curriculum design and how it was applied to English Communication courses between the 2009 and 2011 academic years at a private university in Japan are summarized. Results from the online testing program and the online surveys are given and how the course evolved is discussed. Results from 2010 indicate 3-24% achievement gains, student satisfaction at 98%, and student perceptions of learning on the rise. Brown's approach was useful for this two-course program.

Keywords: curriculum design, English, perception, systematic approach

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