Our Experience: Fast and Flexible Curriculum Design Using the GSE

By Patrizia M.J. Hayashi & Tyson Rode, Meikai University

Teachers are usually busy – and even in large institutions it is rare for there to be a full-time staff member dedicated to curriculum development. It's not uncommon for teachers to be asked by their organizations to develop a curriculum for large numbers of classes in only a few months. There is severe time pressure on teachers to come up with a quality program. This has been our experience and so we were very happy to find out how the GSE, with its Can-Do descriptors pinpointed at various levels, allows us to quickly create relevant, quality curricula.

  Criteria Outcome  Assessment
Materials Fill out the worksheet List of pros and cons with reasons/examples  
CAN-DO... Can give simple reasons The first reason is...
Another reason is...
 
  Can show interest I see / Really? / That's interesting. / Wow!  
  Can show agreement and disagreement I agree / I disagree / That's right / That's true / I don't / I see your point, but...  
Talking about endangered animals Can suggest pros and cons for saving or not saving an endangered animal I agree / I disagree / That's right / That's true / I don't / I see your point, but...  
  Can use specialized vocabulary from topic Vocabulary  
Fluency/Accuracy Can talk in fluent English    
  Can talk with reasonable accuracy