Coordinating a vocabulary curriculum: Exploration, pilot, trial and future directions

Luke K. Fryer, Jeffrey Stewart, Charles J. Anderson, Hiroyuki N. Bovee, & Aaron Gibson

In 2007, Kyushu Sangyo University received the MonbuKagakusho’s Good Practice grant for their compulsory English program. This award was received primarily for initial efforts at curriculum coordination. This paper outlines the focused efforts of the English Center’s staff to create a coordinated vocabulary program over the three years of the MonbuKagakusho award, 2007-10. The three-year development of curriculum-wide tests, classroom/independent learning tasks and supporting E-learning is addressed in three sections. Future directions for development and the results of some preliminary empirical research aimed at specifically targeting the university’s students are presented in conclusion.