Title: Secondary curriculum transformation: Towards MARSEARS and Comprehensible Input

Abstract: This workshop delves into the transformative journey of curriculum adaptation, specifically the transition from traditional grammar translation to the innovative “Contification” or MARSEARS approach. The MARSEARS language teaching model emphasises immersive listening and reading experiences, purpose-driven communication instruction, and the integration of interactive, low-prep high-engagement games. This interactive session explores the implementation of these principles, successes in senior secondary cohort retention, sample activities, musings around change management in change-averse schools, and what was learned along the way.


Presenters: Ellie Murphy & Sarah Milthorpe