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4: Subjects Matter

Introduction
Before You Watch
Analyze the Video
Examine the Topic
Put it Into Practice
Action Research Project
Reflect on Your Learning

Resources
Library Video Chart
Printouts
Assignments
By creating content-based activities, you create a context in which there's a reason to learn the language, there's a reason to learn the grammar, there's a reason to learn the vocabulary. And you're not putting the students in the position of waiting until they know the language well enough to be able to talk about something interesting.

- Patsy M. Lightbown, Professor Emeritus, Concordia University, Montreal


Learning Goals

What is the importance of content-based instruction in a foreign language classroom, and how do you do it effectively? In this session, you'll review relevant research, observe video discussions and classroom examples, and do a culminating activity in which you design a content-rich lesson. At the end of this session, you will better understand how to:
  • integrate content into language learning;
  • use a constructivist approach to teaching and learning a foreign language; and
  • choose appropriate content for various ages and proficiency levels.

Key Terms

communicative modes
constructivism
content-based instruction
cross-disciplinary content
four-skills approach
interdisciplinary content
performance level
thematic approach




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