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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Kathleen Graves


This paper describes the research and development of a competency-based Proficiency Framework for Ritsumeikan Secondary Schools in Kyoto, Japan as part of curriculum renewal with the campus relocation. The author developed a six-year competency-based curriculum for the EFL classes. It is based on the Common European Framework of Reference. In addition to creating guiding principles and proficiency frameworks, the author has included suggested vocabulary and content, sample themes and topics, entry and exit profiles, and teacher competencies. Two programs, extensive reading and pen pals, have been integrated into the curriculum in order to offer more support for students’ second language acquisition; they are proving to be quite successful and are described in this paper in detail. This paper is a culmination of a two-year summer research sabbatical from April 2007 until March 2009.


Applied Linguistics | First and Second Language Acquisition | Teacher Education and Professional Development