ERIC Number: EJ1094938
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 81
Formulating "Principles of Procedure" for the Foreign Language Classroom: A Framework for Process Model Language Curricula
Villacañas de Castro, Luis S.
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v48 n3 p367-387 2016
This article aims to apply Stenhouse's process model of curriculum to foreign language (FL) education, a model which is characterized by enacting "principles of procedure" which are specific to the discipline which the school subject belongs to. Rather than to replace or dissolve current approaches to FL teaching and curriculum development, this article seeks to improve and enrich communicative and task-based orientations with an additional criterion for assessing the educational worth of the tasks through which these orientations are developed. Unlike the objectives and competences models, principles of procedure provide an intrinsic justification of school curriculum by enacting the epistemological structure of any given area of knowledge in the educational process. Accordingly, the article will first justify the need to come up with a process model of curriculum for FL education which is built around such principles; then, it will formulate a basic framework that reflects the logical structure, concepts and epistemological perspectives of the language studies, as a first step to allowing these to enter the FL classroom and orient the teaching conducted in it; finally, it will present three tasks whose design was inspired by the abovementioned framework, and which were put into practice with Primary education English as a Foreign Language learners during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years.
Descriptors: Models, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Epistemology, Guidelines, English (Second Language), Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods, Communicative Competence (Languages), Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Action Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Spain