Language Teaching: A Scheme for Teacher Education Editors: C N Candlin and H G Widdowson Syllabus Design David Nunan Oxford University Press David Nunan is a greatly respected author in EFL circles, and it was with some suprise that I hit his “Syllabus Design” like a brick wall. Unlike some of his other. Syllabus Design has 77 ratings and 3 reviews. Andreas said: My weapon when I was in charged as Head of Research and Development at Centre for Language.

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There it was pointed out that dqvid tasks could be justiied, either because they replicated the sorts of tasks that learners would need to carry out in the real world, or because they stimulated internal learning processes.

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In contrast dseign Widdowson’s view that process considerations belong to methodology, Breen claims that process considerations i.

RoUlntree 1 98 1: I don’t come from Newcastle Lesson s introduces adverbs of habit and thus the present simple tense; or rather, p: The purpose of 8 is to provide you with the skills you will need to examine the selection and grading of tasks in relation to your own syllabuses.

List B – Arguments countering those in List A 1 hile opportunism is welcome, it should always be justiied in terms of its contribution to the attainment of worthwhile objectives. Instead of learning about ‘the simple past’ learners might now be required to ‘talk about the things you did last weekend’.

Can you think of any ddesign groups whose needs should be considered? Puposive domain Educational-to study agriculture and catle breeding. We saw that product syllabuses are those in which the focus is on the knowledge and skills which learners should gain as a result of instrution, while process syllabuses are those which focus on the learning experiences themselves.

The use of content from other subject areas has found its widest application in courses and materials for ESP. Matters are complicated, not only by the fact that language ulils a variety of communicative functions, but that there is no one-to-one relationship beween form and function. At this point, the view of gra m: Such syllabuses were proposed as a means towards achieving languae performance through the skills of listening, speaking, readi1g and writing.

These researchers claim that the order in which learners actually acquire grammatical items is vey often different from the order of dificulty suggested by linguists. The aim of 7 was to explore the ways in which content selection and grading is conventionally dealt with, and to provide you with the skills you need to examine and criticize the selection and grading of content in your own syllabuses. Are they the handbag or suitcase etc se?


Here, syllabus designers focused, not only on language unctions, but also on experiential content ddesign is, the subject matter through which the language is taught. What we mean when we refer sylpabus ‘process’ is a series of actions directed toward some end.

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What are the implications of Widdowson’s view for syllabus design? While it is realized that few teachers are in the position of being able to design their own syllabuses, it is hoped that most are in a position to interpret and modify their syllabuses in the process of translating them into action. Spots; position, direction and change of desogn Amin rated it vesign it Nov 18, In Australia, much of the teaching in adult ESL classes is content oriented.

This sub-division of the ield is not meant to suggest that different topics can be dealt with in isolation. What about your husband?

Which do you think might be more useful? In such cases, it is important for teachers to negotiate with the learners and demonstrate the relationship between language and content. In 5, we shall see that there is no conflict or opposition syllsbus objectives, linguistic and experiential content, and learning activities.

Syllabus Design (Nunan)

In a major study of learning-style preferences among adult second language learners. Tyler criticized the speciication of objectives in terms of what the teacher is to do on the grounds that teacher activiy is not the ultimate purpose syllanus an educational programme. The most obvious purpose is that of identifying. Not only can a single form realize more than.

Syllabus Design

The aim of 7 is to familiarize you with the ways in which vesign different elements are conventionally treated. Referred by family doctor Pace: Sritee rated it it was amazing Nov 30, As we shall see, in the more interactive approaches to curriculum and syllabus design which have replaced the ‘rational’ approach, objectives can be useful, not only to guide the selection of structures, functions, notions, tasks, and so on, but also to provide a sharper focus for teachers, to give learners a clear idea of what they can expect from a language programme, to help in developing means of assessment and evaluation, and so on.


The wider view of language, focusing not only on linguistic structures, but also on the communicative purposes for which language is used, developed from insights provided by philosophers of language, sociolinguists, and from other language-related disciplines. The learners who were surveyed strongly disliked games and pair work.

By selecting subject areas such as those just mentioned, the syllabus is given a logic and coherence which might be missing from analytic syllabuses which are little more than a random collection of tasks.

The irst of these, the performance component, describes what the learner is to be able to do, the second, the conditions component, speciies the conditions under which the learner will perform, and the inal component, the standards component, indicates how well the learner is to perform.

Their value in assisting with other aspects of course planning such as the selection of materials and learning objectives has also been pointed out. Prabhu 1 98 7b: Some of the questions addressed by SLA researchers of interest to syllabus planners are as follows: They include,the degree of contextual support provided to the learner, the cognitive dificulty of the task, the amount of assistance provided to the learner, the complexity of the language which the learner is required to process and produce, the psychological stress involved in carrying out the task, and the amount and type of background knowledge required.

The second section shifts the focus of attention to how the ideas from Section One relate to activities in the classroom. From this perspective, we would try and ind out what students had leaned and what they had failed to learn in relation to what had been planned.

The a ssumption behind the de velopmen t of some such syllabuse s is that there are ce nain a spec ts of language which are peculiar to the conte xt s in which i t i s u sed and the purpo se s for which it i s u sed. As it is also developed with reference to individual learners, it may ultimately be self-defeating for classroom teaching.