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(HE) Content-based Instruction is a Course

(HE) Content-based Instruction

Ended Mar 25, 2019

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Full course description

Course Date:

Feb 11 - Mar 25, 2019


6 weeks


3-4 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate (free)


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.


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 offered by the AE E-Teacher Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by FHI 360.

Course Instructors

Dr. Kara McBride

Dr. Kara McBride

Senior Education Program Specialist

Dr. Kara McBride lives in Washington DC and currently works at World Learning. She designs and teaches both face-to-face and online courses, primarily in teacher training. Read More.

McBride is from the United States, and grew up in in the state of Indiana, but has lived in several different places in the States. She received her Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Math from the University of Oregon.

She received her Masters in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University, and she earned her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona. After that, she was an Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Department of Languages at Saint Louis University, in Saint Louis, Missouri.

She has lived off and on in Chile for six years, and taught English at the University of Talca for three of those years.