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Redesigning the Freshman English Syllabus: Process and Transformation for the Digital Age.

Johnson, Neil, Lyddon, Paul and Selman, Alex (2016) Redesigning the Freshman English Syllabus: Process and Transformation for the Digital Age. Studies in Linguistics and Language Education,.

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Freshman English (FE) is a key course in the English Language Institute (ELI) program at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS). However, due to important
changes in the global view of English and understanding of the nature of communication itself, faculty and staff in the ELI worked in collaboration to thoroughly reimagine and redesign the FE syllabus as part of wider program reform. In this paper, we describe the
rationale for changing the program at KUIS and shifting our thinking away from the dominant communicative language teaching approach. The evolving, decidedly hybrid framework that we have used to redesign the FE course, is founded on philosophical principles derived from sociocultural theory, social semiotics, and multiliteracies. The process-based approach that promotes learner awareness and an individualized, retrospective syllabus, is also explained.

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Depositing User: Neil Johnson


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Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 13:31
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2021 11:00


Author: Neil Johnson
Author: Paul Lyddon
Author: Alex Selman

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Faculty of Education and Society
Faculty of Education and Society > School of Education


Culture > English Language and Literature

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