oa Alternation - Critical Reflections on Language Curriculum Design in South Africa

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



As a field worthy of academic interest and research, English language curriculum development is under-recognised in South African critical literature because of its perceived remedial and 'lower order' status (Wright 1990:8; Lanham 1995:37). It falls comfortably within neither applied linguistics nor education, since it contains elements of both. Language curriculum design, and I am simplifying here, is concerned with developing suitable pedagogic modes and learning programmes which allow for accelerated language learning in institutions where English is the medium of instruction; hardly inspiring stuff.

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