This PhD thesis seeks to investigate foreign language curriculum planning, design and development in Portuguese Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The languages of focus are English and Spanish. The course curriculum documents are taken from the First Cycle programmes in Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC). Through a mixed methods approach and purposive sampling, the English and Spanish curriculum documents (75) of four Portuguese state universities will be subject to content analysis to see how closely they are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) (Council of Europe, 2001) and to the generally accepted principles of curriculum design and development (Richards, 2001; Richards & Rodgers, 2014; Biggs & Tang, 2011). An online survey, directed at the English/Spanish teachers (31), will be designed and implemented to obtain additional information on curriculum design and development. Data will be analysed quantitatively and qualitatively. This is a PIONEER study which will seek to offer guidelines for foreign language curricular reforms in Portuguese HEIs, for those HEIs which are contemplating curricular reforms, and for those HEIs which are yet to do so.
- Foreign Language; Foreign Language Learning and Teaching; Foreign Language Learning; Foreign Language Teaching; Language Learning and Teaching; Language Learning; Language Teaching; English; Spanish; Curriculum; Foreign Language Curriculum; Language Curriculum Development; Curriculum Planning,
- Design and Development; Curriculum Planning; Curriculum Design; Curriculum Development; Higher Education.
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