Selecting Methods and Materials

Following from Sequencing Tasks, this section of the ATESL Curriculum Framework takes a principles-based approach to selecting methods and materials for inclusion in the ESL curriculum. Like outcomes, assessment, and tasks, materials are often recommended or included in curriculum documents (i.e., curriculum-as-planned) and are selected to meet identified learning needs. However, final decisions regarding materials and methods often take place while a course is being taught (i.e., curriculum-as-lived) in response to the preferences of the instructor, the immediate interests of the learners, and the learning context. In this section, Selecting Methods and Materials, we seek to

• Highlight a responsive approach to instructional practice that focuses on effective teaching and learning strategies rather than relying on specific methods or approaches.
• Offer a set of principles to consider when selecting effective learning materials to contextualize and support ESL curricula.