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ERIC Number: EJ1068025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
"In Reality It's Almost Impossible": CLT-Oriented Curriculum Change
Humphries, Simon; Burns, Anne
ELT Journal, v69 n3 p239-248 Jul 2015
Curriculum innovation is challenging and, as several commentators have reported, moves to introduce communicative language teaching in many contexts internationally have resulted in mixed outcomes, or even failure. In an effort to shed some light on this complex problem, this article focuses on curriculum change through the introduction of new communicative textbooks in an engineering college ("kosen") in Japan. First, three key factors that inhibit change are considered and then other factors that specifically hindered change in the "kosen" environment are identified. A study investigating the attitudes and classroom practices of four Japanese teachers of English highlighted a culture of pedagogical uncertainty and lack of professional support. Suggestions for supporting teachers to implement curriculum change more effectively, both in Japan and elsewhere, are drawn out.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan
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