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ERIC Number: EJ1129084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
From Concepts to Design in Developing Languages in the Australian Curriculum
Scarino, Angela
Babel, v48 n2-3 p4-13 2013
Developing curricula for languages in the context of the Australian Curriculum is a complex undertaking that needs to address a number of demands. These include: the nature of language-and-culture learning for contemporary times within an increasingly diverse linguistic and cultural world; the goals of mainstream education and the "given" curriculum constructs that pertain to the curriculum as a whole and languages curricula as a part of that whole; the process of transposing concepts from current research into a design for language learning for diverse learners and diverse languages; and the need to achieve jurisdictional and professional consensus about the nature and extent of change that is sustainable and productive for the present and into the future. Drawing on these demands and my experience as an actor in the process of development, I discuss the rationale for and the major features of the design for languages. I conclude with a reflection on the evolving process of curriculum development and particularly on implications for teachers.
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
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