Definition of curriculum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kəˈrɪkjələm//
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrɪkjələm//
(pl. curricula
BrE BrE//kəˈrɪkjə//
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrɪkjə//
, curriculums)
Subjects and courses
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the subjects that are included in a course of study or taught in a school, college, etc. the school curriculum (British English) Spanish is on the curriculum. (North American English) Spanish is in the curriculum. CollocationsEducationLearning acquire/​get/​lack (an) education/​training/(British English) (some) qualifications receive/​provide somebody with training/​tuition develop/​design/​plan a curriculum/(especially British English) course/(North American English) program/​syllabus give/​go to/​attend a class/​lesson/​lecture/​seminar hold/​run/​conduct a class/​seminar/​workshop sign up for/​take a course/​classes/​lessonsSchool go to/​start preschool/​kindergarten/​nursery school be in the first, second, etc. (North American English) grade/(especially British English) year (at school) study/​take/​drop history/​chemistry/​German, etc. (British English) leave/​finish/​drop out of/ (North American English) quit school (North American English) graduate high school/​collegeProblems at school be the victim/​target of bullying (British English) play truant from/ (both British English, informal) bunk off/​skive off school (= not go to school when you should) (both especially North American English) skip/​cut class/​school (British English) cheat in/(North American English) cheat on an exam/​a test get/​be given a detention (for doing something) be expelled from/​be suspended from schoolWork and exams do your homework/(British English) revision/​a project on something work on/​write/​do/​submit an essay/​a dissertation/​a thesis/​an assignment/(North American English) a paper finish/​complete your dissertation/​thesis/​studies/​coursework hand in/ (North American English) turn in your homework/​essay/​assignment/​paper study/​prepare/ (British English) revise/ (North American English) review/ (North American English, informal) cram for a test/​an exam take/ (both British English) do/​sit a test/​an exam (especially British English) mark/ (especially North American English) grade homework/​a test (British English) do well in/ (North American English) do well on/ (informal, especially North American English) ace a test/​an exam pass/​fail/ (informal, especially North American English) flunk a test/​an exam/​a class/​a course/​a subjectUniversity apply to/​get into/​go to/​start college/(British English) university leave/​graduate from law school/​college/(British English) university (with a degree in computer science) study for/​take/ (British English) do/​complete a law degree/​a degree in physics (both North American English) major/​minor in biology/​philosophy earn/​receive/​be awarded/​get/​have/​hold a master’s degree/​a bachelor’s degree/​a PhD in economics compare syllabus See related entries: Subjects and courses Word Originearly 19th cent.: from Latin ‘course, racing chariot’, from currere ‘to run’.Extra examples Chinese has been introduced into the curriculum as an option. His disability does not prevent him from following the mainstream curriculum. More room should be given to foreign languages in the curriculum. Pupils use computers across the curriculum. Students choose from optional subjects in addition to the core curriculum. Students use computers across the curriculum= in all or most subjects. Teachers feel that the present curriculum is too narrow. They all have to study French because it’s on the curriculum. We cover all areas of the curriculum. the balance of subjects within the curriculum All children should have access to the mainstream curriculum. Classroom teachers need to be involved in curriculum planning and development. Educational inspectors said that the college had failed to deliver the curriculum adequately. In those days the curriculum was pretty narrow. Many teachers follow the curriculum to the letter. Nutrition education is now in the curriculum. The government is introducing a national curriculum for schools. The school curriculum should be as broad as possible. These subjects are not part of the core curriculum.
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