Ch 1: The Content-Based Instruction Method

About This Chapter

The content-based instruction method is a valuable tool to have in your teaching pocket when instructing second language learners. This chapter will familiarize you with the goals and learning theories involved with the approach so that you can use it effectively in the classroom.

The Content-Based Instruction Method - Chapter Summary

Within this chapter, our professional instructors will lay out the foundations of the content-based instruction method while further detailing the learning considerations and thinking processes involved in its reception. By the end of the chapter, you'll have reviewed the following topics:

  • Content-based instruction and its goals
  • Cognition, including reasoning and heuristics
  • The social-cognitive learning theory
  • The connection between content knowledge and information processing

You'll have the opportunity to verify your understanding of each of these lessons before moving on to the next through practice quizzes. The quizzes let you hop right back to the related part of the lesson if you answer a question incorrectly, allowing for simple review. If you'd like to use these quizzes for further offline study, they can also be printed as worksheets.

How It Helps

  • Adds technique: Learn about the basics of the content-based instruction method and how it promotes the effective learning of language.
  • Expands understanding: Explore the different ways that your students think and process information while learning a second language.
  • Make associations: You'll learn about the significance of content-knowledge in relation to cognition when learning a second language.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Define content-based instruction
  • Balance the two goals of content-based instruction
  • Differentiate between reasoning and heuristics
  • Define the social cognitive theory and apply your understanding of it to learning in the classroom

5 Lessons in Chapter 1: The Content-Based Instruction Method
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Content-Based Instruction: Definition & Example

1. Content-Based Instruction: Definition & Example

Learning a new language can be difficult. Content-based instruction is a powerful tool for language instruction. This lesson will define content-based instruction and provide an example of how to use it in the classroom.

Goals of Content-Based Instruction: Language Proficiency & Student Achievement

2. Goals of Content-Based Instruction: Language Proficiency & Student Achievement

Content-based instruction (CBI) is one method of language instruction. In this lesson you'll learn about the goals of CBI, especially as related to student achievement and language proficiency.

What is Cognition?

3. What is Cognition?

People think in different ways, and thoughts are an important part of who you are. In this lesson, we'll look at cognition, including two common types of cognition: reasoning and heuristics.

Social-Cognitive Learning Theory: Definition and Examples

4. Social-Cognitive Learning Theory: Definition and Examples

Have you learned behaviors or skills from observing others? Maybe you have learned from observing a teacher, friend, or supervisor. We acquire new knowledge and skills from a variety of methods. This lesson will introduce the concepts of the social-cognitive theory, which focuses on the learning that occurs within a social context.

Role of Content Knowledge in Cognition & Information Processing

5. Role of Content Knowledge in Cognition & Information Processing

In this lesson, we will talk about content knowledge, what it is and what is its role in cognition and information processing. Building on students' content knowledge can help them construct new knowledge.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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