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Resources & Education for Content-Based Instruction

Instructor: Eric Campos

Eric has tutored in English, writing, history, and other subjects.

Content-based instruction helps students grasp a new language by focusing on the content of what they are studying in the language, rather than just memorizing aspects of the language. Read on to learn about resources and education that will help you master content-based instruction.

Using Content-Based Instruction

The content-based instruction (CBI) method teaches students a new language by delving into literature, history, and other topics within the language in question. The purpose is to generate interest in the student and help them learn the language through use-orientating lessons. Below are a couple of resources that can help you bring content-based instruction into your own lessons.

Center Of Applied Linguistics (CAL)

CAL's Teaching Language Through Content webpage is an excellent place to start learning about CBI. The website is straightforward and easy to navigate through the various topics. CAL provides a launching point for you to delve into your research with links to other CBI websites and various online journals and databases. You also have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with other teachers through email discussion groups. For example, the online group Content-ESL is a moderated email group forum that focuses on ways to bring CBI into English as a Second Language classrooms. CAL's Online Lesson Resources and Instructional Materials section also has teaching tips, lesson plan ideas, and class activities for your students.

Center For Advanced Research On Language Acquisition (CARLA)

CARLA is another prime resource for learning ways to incorporate CBI into your teaching strategies. One of CARLA'S most useful features is its online instructional modules. These modules cover a range of topics including: principles of CBI, instructional strategies for CBI, curriculum development for CBI, and more. Each of the modules includes reading selections and reading comprehension activities to help teachers reflect on the material. Additionally, CARLA also offers resources to help you form your own CBI teaching template as you begin your lesson planning. Various publications, training programs and professional development opportunities can also be found through this resource.

Other Resources

Study.com also offers its own course on CBI in How to Use Content-Based Instruction. Like with the other resources previously mentioned, our course is completely online and mobile. You'll learn how CBI works and how to use CBI with your students through written transcripts, video lessons, and chapter quizzes. Also check out the Teaching Resources course, which provides a variety of teaching tips, strategies and resources that can help you best reach the learners in your classroom. Browse lessons on curriculum development, including those for teachers of English Language Learners.

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