Reader's Forum: Negotiating objectives in a language program

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James Venema, Nagoya Women’s University


This paper outlines, with specific references to a 1st-year English course, the interactive and ongoing process of developing program-wide objectives in a language department at a private women’s university in Japan. This process is described as a way of facilitating consensus among teachers in coordinated courses as well as developing curriculum by facilitating teacher dialogue. The narrative concludes with practical suggestions for program developers who are considering implementing program-wide objectives in Japan. Interested readers may access the supporting program documentation online at <>.