In curriculum design, the terms goals and objectives are two key elements since they provide guidelines, focus, and description of learning purposes for both teachers and students (Richards, 2007; Graves, 2000; Brown, 1995; Dubin and Olishtain, 1987).
However, the two terms are not identical. The term ‘goals development’ is defined by Brown as “general statements concerning desirable and attainable program purposes and aims based on perceived language and situation needs” (1995, p.71). In comparison to goals, Objectives are defined as “specific statements that describe the particular knowledge, behaviors, and/or skills that the learner will be expected to know or perform at the end of a course or program” (Brown, 1995: 73). Richards (2007) provides very practical guidelines for teachers who are interested in formulating the learning objectives for an EFL course supported by many examples