Content-Based Instruction

This course is delivered by World Learning

Course Overview

This course is designed for teachers who are already teaching -- or are preparing soon to teach – content-based instruction (CBI) courses in English. CBI courses present teachers with the challenge of balancing the teaching of both language and content. The ideal way to strike this balance will differ, depending on the teaching context. This course is intended to help its participants meet those challenges by guiding participants through a series of practical, hands-on activities, which are supported by the necessary background and theoretical information, to prepare participants for future decision-making and problem-solving in the area of CBI.

Learning Objectives and Learner Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will

  • Be able to identify the characteristics of successful CBI programs
  • Be able to explain major methodologies and techniques of CBI teaching
  • Formulate clear learning objectives for CBI lessons and courses
  • Plan CBI lessons that both
    • help maximize students’ content learning and
    • promote English language learning
  • Know ways of analyzing and adjusting task difficulty so as to make lessons that are at an appropriate level for students who are learning content taught in their second language (L2)
  • Be able to analyze the usability of teaching resources and adapt them for use in their own CBI courses
  • Be familiar with techniques that help language teachers learn and teach content competently
  • Be equipped to make in-the-moment decisions about when and how to provide explicit language instruction in CBI classes
  • Have strategies for collaborating with colleagues for professional development and to make their CBI courses a success