‘New Directions for Materials Development in the Third Millennium’ by MOHAMMAD KHATIB & ASGHAR AFSHARI

Abstract

If we look back at our recent past, we can identify trends which are likely to characterize the nature of future society. As we begin the new millennium, many changes in society may affect trends in educational structures and language teaching respectively. A new millennium marks a moment when it is appropriate to think about what we have done, where we are now and how we should plan for the future (Littlejohn, 1998). This paper is an attempt to provide a picture of new directions for materials development in the third millennium by identifying four major trends supposed to affect the field in the new millennium including social constructivism, postmodernism, intercultural communicative competence, and   technological advancement.

Key words: constructivism, future curriculum, postmodernism, third millennium, intercultural communicative competence

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