Product placement in a process syllabus: Designing a university course in Current Affairs English

Tim Marchand

This paper looks at the steps taken in the design of a university course in “Current Affairs English.” Following a framework proposed by Graves (2000), the paper examines some of the personal choices made by the teacher in terms of defining the context, conceptualizing content, assessing needs, and developing materials, among other things. The paper describes how these choices led to the design of a course that combined elements of a process-based syllabus with those of a product-based one. It also makes reference to the teacher’s research diary and argues that such a diary can be a useful tool for course design.