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Strategies for Content-Based Instruction - Chapter Summary
Our lessons provide you valuable and useful information that will help you approach content-based instruction in an engaging and effective manner. The lessons cover the following material:
- How to carry out experiential learning
- Learn about the benefits of student-centered instruction
- Study the techniques that are used to teach vocabulary to ESL students
These lessons were written by teachers who have experienced numerous challenges that you have faced in your classroom. The benefits of studying with us is that our expertise, experience, and access makes it convenient for you to not only brush up on material to enhance your classroom but also ask questions at any time you need clarification. In addition, our chapter is accessible wherever you can get a reliable internet connection from any mobile device.
How It Helps
- Provides numerous techniques: In this chapter, you will be studying numerous techniques that have been proven to work in content-based instruction.
- Support personal learning styles: Through studying these various techniques, you will find ones that you can apply to different learning styles your students may exhibit in your classroom.
- Improve language development skills: When you use the methods in this chapter, you will improve the language development skills in your students, especially those who are learning a second language.
After completing this chapter, you will:
- Recall the importance of academic language proficiency
- Discover what experiential learning is
- Understand the factors that affect language development such as scaffolding
- Learn about the benefits of student-centered instruction
- Review discourse in language development
- Distinguish the differences between language-related and content-related talk
- Comprehend the benefits of questioning techniques
- Know how native language impacts the acquisition of a second language
- Study techniques that are used to teach vocabulary to ESL students
- Recall how to differentiate instruction with content
- Weigh the differences between explicit and implicit instruction
1. Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency
In this lesson, you'll learn about cognitive academic language proficiency, how it affects student learning, and what can be done to improve student outcomes. An example is provided and a short quiz follows.
2. What is Experiential Learning? - Definition, Theories & Examples
Find out what experiential learning is and how to apply it in your classroom. Learn about experiential learning theories. View the lesson, then take a quiz to test your new knowledge.
3. Zone of Proximal Development and Scaffolding in the Classroom
Psychologist Lev Vygotsky developed a theory of cognitive development which focused on the role of culture in the development of higher mental functions. Several concepts arose from that theory that are important to classroom learning. This lesson will focus on two concepts: zone of proximal development and scaffolding.
4. Student-Centered Instruction: Definition, Origin & Benefits
Student-centered instruction is an effective method for teaching. This lesson explains what student-centered instruction is and details some of its benefits.
5. The Role of Discourse in Language Development
In this lesson, you'll learn about the role that discourse plays in language development, This applies in both native language and foreign language learning situations.
6. Language-Related vs. Content-Related Talk in the Classroom
In this lesson, you'll learn about the distinction made between language-related and content-related talk, especially in English and second-language classrooms.
7. Questioning Techniques in the Classroom
This lesson will highlight various questioning techniques that can be used in the classroom to promote critical thinking. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.
8. The Role of Native Language in Second Language Acquisition
In this lesson we explore the various schools of thought surrounding the use of native language in second-language education, ranging from using it often to not using it at all.
9. How to Teach Vocabulary to ESL Students
This lesson will provide strategies and ideas for teaching vocabulary to English as a Second Language (ESL) students. A short quiz will follow that will test your knowledge.
10. How to Differentiate Instruction with Elements of Content
Teachers differentiate the content they teach so all students can learn. What content is modified, and how does this work? This lesson discusses how to differentiate content while still meeting rigorous standards.
11. Explicit vs. Implicit Instruction for Second-Language Grammar
There are a number of strategies for second-language instruction. Two overarching methods include explicit and implicit instruction, each of which carry different pros and cons.
12. Content-Based Instruction: Co-Construction of Form
Want to take your teaching to the next level? This lesson presents the Co-Construction paradigm for language learning contexts. Tangible examples and practical recommendations for implementation are provided.
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