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The Application of ELT Methods & Approaches in Selected Assessments from Jesus María State School Syllabuses. An Instance of True ELT or Just Isomorphic Mimicry?

Rafael Raspanti


English as a foreign language is usually a compulsory subject in the 12K programme in Córdoba Province in Argentina. The choice of methods and approaches that adhere to provincially-established standards such as the Diseño Curricular are an important aspect of educational policies, and are expected to be reflected in syllabus design, evaluation, and teaching practices. The standardized application of guidelines is also evident in the English teaching training courses at universities and tertiary levels in Córdoba Province, where a vast theoretical framework is usually taught as mandatory literature. Although the selected methods and approaches should be reflected in the implementation of English language teaching practices, this is not always the case. Building schools and stocking them with blackboards and chairs, personnel, a library, a canteen, among other typical school-related items and not concerning about the content—the “what” —that is meant to be dealt with or the methodology—related to the how-tos, may result in a school with no schooling, an educational system that does not educate, a building which resembles a school but is just a façade of it, as described by Pritchett in his concept of isomorphic mimicry.

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