From Initial Rigidity to Greater Flexibility: The Changing Face of English Curriculum Change Implementation in Cuba

  • Islaura Tejeda ArencibiaEmail author
Part of the International Perspectives on English Language Teaching book series (INPELT)


Arencibia outlines the evolution of an English curriculum change originally implemented in a top down, decontextualised manner. Arencibia reports how growing acknowledgement of the value of stakeholder involvement has increased policy makers’ understanding of the importance of contextualising the curriculum for every school. The teacher explains her initial experiences of the ‘imposed curriculum’, and of the formal support that attempted to enable teachers to understand how to begin to adapt the curriculum for their own learners. She feels that decision-making about the content and process of support provision does not yet take sufficient notice of teachers’ voices. Defining what a flexible English curriculum means in practice, and how its development might best be supported continues to be discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Foreign LanguagesUniversity of Las TunasLas TunasCuba

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