refers to an approach to
second language teaching in
which is organized around the
context or information that
students will acquire, rather
than around a linguistic or
other type of syllabus.
• People learn a second language more
successfully when they use the language as a
means of acquiring information. (motivation)
• Content-based instruction better reflects
learners’ needs for learning a second language.
• CBI addresses the role of language as a vehicle for learning
content. Centrality of linguistic entities longer than single
• In a CB class, students are often involved in activities that
link the skills.
• The purpose may be academic, vocational, social, or
recreational but it gives direction, shape, and meaning to
discourse and texts.
The language curriculum is based
directly on the academic needs of
the students and generally follows
the sequence determined by a
particular subject matter in
dealing with language.
Objectives in CBI comes from the Theme-Based
Intensive Language Course (ILC):
a) To activate and develop existing English
b) To acquire learning skills and strategies that
could be applied in future language
c) To develop general academic skills applicable to
University studies in all subject areas.
d) To broaden students’ understanding of Englishspeaking peoples. (Brinton et.al, 1989;32)
Knowledgeable in the subject
Responsible for selecting and
adapting authentic materials.
Activate interpreters of input.
Willing to explore alternative
interpretations of oral and written
Willing to tolerate uncertainty.