2011 Higher-Ed & Adult-Ed Mini-Conference

How to Change, Improve, or Create

an ESL/EFL Curriculum

I-TESOL Mini Conference for

Higher Education & Adult Education

Interest Sections


Date:               Saturday, February 26, 2011                            Fee:  $15 pre-paid (by Feb. 15)

Location:         University of Utah, Student Union Building              $20 at the door

Time:              Registration      9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Presentation  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch             12:00 p.m.

To Register:    Register and Pre-pay Online at    http://itesol.org/registration/

Register only by email to          j.vandyke at utah dot edu

Subject: Mini Conference



Grant Eckstein, Norm Evans, Troy Cox, Ben McMurry, James Hartshorn, and Marisa Lee from BYU’s English Language Center.

Long Abstract:

Developing or improving an English language program can be done easily. But it requires a good understanding of curriculum development principles and techniques. Our workshop defines the term curriculum and provides a step-by-step guide for creating and improving an ESL/EFL curriculum easily by dividing the process into clear, inexpensive, and effective steps. Specifically, we use the ADDIE model for instructional design.

ADDIE stands for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. We will use this model to present ways to analyze the needs of a program, design and develop program solutions, implement those solutions, and evaluate their success. We will also discuss how a curriculum can continue to improve naturally when stability, cohesion, and responsiveness are kept in balance.

To facilitate uptake of our instruction, we will present examples of curriculum development from our own recent program re-design, and we will include strategies and tips we learned for dealing with various situations—from antagonistic stakeholders to uncertain teachers.

Our materials can function at any level of education, from elementary to university level. This will make our workshop both novel and extremely relevant. Those who register will be able to use the skills and concepts immediately to begin steering their program to curricular success.

If your program is in need of a small change or a big one, or if you are starting one from scratch, this workshop will lead you to success.