UNIVERSIDAD PEDAGÓGICA EXPERIMENTAL LIBERTADORINSTITUTO PEDAGÓGICO DE CARACASDEPARTAMENTO DE IDIOMAS MODERNOSPROGRAMA DE INGLÉSCÁTEDRA DE LINGUISTICADIDÁCTICA DEL INGLÉSProfessor:Nahir AparicioParticipant:Pérez, VeruskaCaracas, November 2011
Content–based Instructionrefers to an approach tosecond language teaching inwhich is organized around thecontext or information thatstudents will acquire, ratherthan around a linguistic orother type of syllabus.
Principle 1• People learn a second language moresuccessfully when they use the language as ameans of acquiring information. (motivation)Principle 2• Content-based instruction better reflectslearners’ needs for learning a second language.(academic studies)
Language istext -anddiscourse-based• CBI addresses the role of language as a vehicle for learningcontent. Centrality of linguistic entities longer than singlesentences.Language usedraws onintegratedskills• In a CB class, students are often involved in activities thatlink the skills.Language ispurposeful• The purpose may be academic, vocational, social, orrecreational but it gives direction, shape, and meaning todiscourse and texts.
The language curriculum is baseddirectly on the academic needs ofthe students and generally followsthe sequence determined by aparticular subject matter indealing with language.
ObjectivesObjectives in CBI comes from the Theme-BasedIntensive Language Course (ILC):a) To activate and develop existing Englishlanguage skills.b) To acquire learning skills and strategies thatcould be applied in future languagedevelopment opportunities.c) To develop general academic skills applicable toUniversity studies in all subject areas.d) To broaden students’ understanding of English-speaking peoples. (Brinton et.al, 1989;32)
Knowledgeable in the subjectmatter. Keep context andcomprehensibility. Responsible for selecting andadapting authentic materials. Become autonomous. Be collaborative. Activate interpreters of input.Willing to explore alternativelearning strategies. Willing to seek multipleinterpretations of oral and writtentexts. Willing to tolerate uncertainty.