islPAL - International Society for Leadership in Pedagogy and Learning

Pedagogies and Learning


From deep language education policy to curriculum design

Language Education Policy represents a relatively new field of study that establishes a cross section between educational studies and language policy studies. It inherits from an abundance of intellectual and methodological traditions while opening new perspectives that focus on the interface between policymaking and its enactment in a classroom or an educational setting.

This expose addresses a number of issues related to the transfer and derivation of language education policy into principles for curriculum design and its enactment in a classroom setting. In particular, the vision of policies, regulations and curricula change when the goal is to enhance deep language learning. The trend toward self-directed learning and the flipped classroom poses numerous challenges to policy makers. Technological innovation might seem paradoxical, as a new degree of freedom is required for learner and teacher autonomy which have proven to be the most effective way to give the learners responsibility for their own learning.