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Language curriculum development: Mistakes were made, problems faced, and lesson learned

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Title: Language curriculum development: Mistakes were made, problems faced, and lesson learned
Authors: Brown, James Dean
Advisor: Brown, James D.
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: This paper explains mistakes I made and problems I encountered in language curriculum development over the last 35 years, each of which taught me an important lesson. The mistakes/problems I encountered and the lessons I learned will be discussed in the following categories: problems in curriculum processes (including focusing on language needs and fiefdoms, ignoring students‟ views, immovability of curriculum, conflict with literature people, & the impermanence of curriculum); problems in JIJOE encounters (including no curriculum at grant renewal time, confusing messages from different people, confusing materials, good teaching, but lots of complaints; & offending an entire culture); and problems in my basic beliefs (including native-speaker teacher & native-speaker (and culture) assumptions. The paper concludes by arguing that mistakes and problems are important parts of any learning process—especially in curriculum development.
Pages/Duration: 22 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/40703
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