Institution: University of Adelaide Program: European Studies and Linguistics Dissertation Status: Completed Degree Date: 2007
Author: Kavita Kaur
Dissertation Title: Designing a Socialisation Syllabus: An action research
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Dissertation Director(s): Peter Mickan
The aim of this study is to describe and analyse the design and implementation of a syllabus and its lesson content in an ESL for socialisation course.
The study poses the following questions:
- What elements must be considered when designed an ESL syllabus? - How does one design appropriate content for use in the ESL classroom? - What factors influence or shape the content and design of course material? - What specific language forms are embedded in the social practices taught?
In this study I consider the design of each element of a syllabus and its components from the perspective of a beginning teacher, with the purpose of answering the questions posed. Given the framework of a specific ESL course, this study looks at the challenges faced in planning and creating authentic texts as lesson material.
This study focuses on the socialisation of learners into a new community of practice. The planning and implementation of lesson material reflects the social practices of the community in which learners are expected to participate. The study proposes ways in which the creation of socialisation syllabi may be approached for successful language learning.
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