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2021, 24(1): 103-140 Back to browse issues page
A Critical Micro Evaluation of the English Language Program Reforms in State Schools: A Language-in-Education Policy and Planning Study
Mohammad Ghasemi Bagherabadi, Golnar Mazdayasna
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Teaching English as a second or foreign language has internationally turned into a determiner of success for societies. Thus, the demand has risen for changes in English Language Teaching (ELT) curricula in different contexts. In response to the growing globalization and the dissatisfaction of many Iranian ELT stakeholders with the former program in lower and upper high-school levels, the Ministry of Education, in 2010, initiated the renovation of national policy documents, coursebooks, and the introduction of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) orientations. The present study is part of a larger project that aims to qualitatively scrutinize the implementational complexities of the new program using a systematic language-in-education planning (LEP) framework. In this respect, 30 experienced headteachers' perspectives and voices from several provinces were explored through open-ended semi-structured interviews designed based on the analysis of school-based documents and observations of ELT goings-on in state schools. Interviews were then transcribed and the content was analyzed to identify the recurring themes. Key findings indicated that the new received program suffers from drawbacks like underbudgeting, students’ unequal access to quality ELT, the shortage of prepared teachers, etc. We further found that the program still requires dedicated support of the macro- meso- and micro-level agents at the national scale. Correspondingly, implications for revisions and suggestions for future research are offered.
Keywords: Curriculum evaluation, English language, Language-in-education policy and planning, Headteachers, State schools
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2022/11/21 | Accepted: 2021/03/30 | Published: 2021/03/30
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Ghasemi Bagherabadi M, Mazdayasna G. A Critical Micro Evaluation of the English Language Program Reforms in State Schools: A Language-in-Education Policy and Planning Study. Journal title 2021; 24 (1) :103-140
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