This course is designed for teachers who are already teaching – or are preparing soon to teach – content-based instruction (CBI) courses in English. CBI courses present teachers with the challenge of balancing the teaching of both language and content. The ideal way to strike this balance will differ, depending on the teaching context. This course is intended to help its participants meet those challenges by guiding participants through a series of practical, hands-on activities, which are supported by the necessary background and theoretical information, to prepare participants for future decision-making and problem-solving in the area of CBI.
This self-paced course will be open for 12 weeks. Participants may complete coursework at any time before the course end date. There are 5 modules, which should require 3 - 4 hours each.
At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:
- Understand techniques that help language teachers learn and teach content competently
- Know ways of analyzing and adjusting task difficulty so as to make lessons that are at an appropriate level for students who are learning content taught in their second language (L2)
- Formulate clear learning objectives for CBI lessons and courses
- Plan CBI lessons that both help maximize students’ content learning and promote English language learning
- Make in-the-moment decisions about when and how to provide explicit language instruction in CBI classes
Target Audience: Adult non-native English-speaking teachers of English and education professionals interested in professional development opportunities.
Course is provided by World Learning on behalf of the American English E-Teacher Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by FHI 360.