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ERIC Number: ED451723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 33
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Customizing the Centralized AOCA Curriculum: Syllabus Design from a Teacher's Perspective.
Okami, Kazuhiko
In Japan, objectives and content of high school language courses are stipulated in the National Curriculum of Japan or The Course of Study. The last major overhaul of this curriculum in language learning occurred in 1989, and it aimed at the enhancement of communicative competence and understanding of international relations. Accordingly, now subjects such as Aural/Oral Communication A, B, and C have been introduced. Aural/Oral Communication A (AOCA), which covers the area of daily conversation, is the subject of this case study. There has been great difficulty in implementing this curriculum, and the results have not been as good as hoped. It is argued that the root of the problem is curriculum implementation and a lack of teachers' ability or willingness to consider the real needs of the learners. The system is too hierarchical and top-down in orientation. This hierarchical system aims at equality and uniformity. The problem is that it runs into the reality of contemporary Japan--diverse students and high schools of varying quality. Teachers need to be freer to modify the curriculum to fit the needs of their students, and they need to be made aware of the potential benefits of deviating from a rigid national curriculum. (Contains 32 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Japan