Feature Article: Curriculum Negotiation at NHK: Meeting the Needs and Demands of Adult Learners

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Harry Harris, Hakuoh University



Curriculum negotiation, the act of teacher-student collaboration to determine a syllabus, is a procedure that various researchers have explored and explained. This writer has engaged in this process in NHK Culture Center English classes because of the great variety in the language needs and personal demands of his students and other institution-related conditions. It is argued that this alternative pedagogical practice can successfully allow mature students to create their own curriculum responsibly, making the learning process more meaningful and interesting to them. It is also suggested that the methodology herein described may be adaptable to other second language learner contexts.