Sessions / Content-Based Instruction
Content-based instruction has gained popularity in the last few decades as a way to prepare students for English academic environments while building their communication skills. A paired-skill approach to this type of material builds both input and output skills, ensuring that students’ language development is well balanced. In this session, we’ll explore the benefits and challenges of content-based instruction and how to help students build up their language skills step-by-step.
This presentation reasons that collaboratively creating a classroom culture focused on personal authenticity and well-being should be the highest pedagogical priority. It then interactively introduces self-disclosure, team-building, and positive education activities that can be implemented in the classroom to foster openness, vulnerability, and curiosity, while in the pursuit of educational and personal well-being. The pedagogical efficacy of these activities is supported by students’ own accounts of their learning experiences.
This is a study on content-based instruction (CBI) and the use of the Harvard Law School: Program on Negotiation (PON) in a business negotiation course for intermediate to advanced English learners. The students were surveyed at the end of the course about different aspects of the PON’s simulations: enjoyability, usefulness, and level of difficulty. Participants’ views yielded mainly positive results, and the details in the students’ answers and comments provide valuable insight into CBI.
If Teacher/Learner communication is to go beyond top-down instruction and evolve into an engaging, interactive exchange building language competence, a common ground of current subject matter to stimulate language use must be established. Utilising authentic video from the worlds of entertainment, news and factual programming, Lingua Attack provides this common ground, thus creating a true community of interest and relevance between teachers and learners ideal for flipped classroom teaching and similar pedagogical approaches.
Developing learning materials encourages students to shape their own learning. It requires careful consideration of language and also critical-thinking skills. It promotes learner autonomy, collaborative learning, and active engagement (Moiseenko, 2015). This presentation will primarily focus on the generation of learner-designed materials using the TED Talks platform and how the creation and use of these materials fits into a content-based undergraduate university course.
After the digital turn, sometime around the 21st century, literacy theorists argue that spatial, gestural, and materialized elements have important roles for comprehending literal meaning. Combining all these, scholars term the new literacy as multiliteracies (The New London Group, 1996, Mills, 2015). This presentation examines a classroom-oriented research project, in which students learned abstract concepts through excerpts of TED Talks. The presenter will examine possible ways to integrate multiliteracies into CLIL methodology for university students.
Much room is left to examine the effective content and assessment for L2 academic writing through content-based instruction (CBI) in diverse contexts. This study presents the results of process writing with the repetitive use of the rubrics, which enhanced university students’ writing skills as well as topic comprehension.
This presentation will focus on a novel approach to English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in the university classroom setting by having students produce and present original research. This module details an effective approach to introducing original research to ESL students from both a qualitative and quantitative approach by utilizing questionnaires. The goal of the semester-long module is to familiarize students with the central concepts of questionnaire research, academic research papers, and academic presentation skills.
This presentation discusses the creation of new English as a medium of instruction (EMI) programs in Japan’s universities. Challenges arise from different levels of student language ability. One approach is to create different levels of EMI class, set according to English language ability. Another is to introduce a student assistant (SA) scheme in which English-speaking students are assigned to help other students. Team teaching with content and language teachers is another method to be discussed.
This presentation aims to give suggestions on how language educators can use apps and online resources for enhancing their lesson preparation. Although many educators are starting to use technology to augment their teaching, there might still be an aversion to integrating mobile phones or tablets in the classroom learning environment. This presentation will give suggestions on how language educators may use apps in planning lessons that, hopefully, will benefit both learners and educators alike.
Due to the lack of empirical data arguing the effectiveness of information and communication technology (ICT) and media literacy education at Japanese secondary schools, there is a need to build these essential skills at university. This presentation begins by discussing the current state of ICT and media literacy education in Japan. It then outlines a media literacy course designed at a small private university in Japan based on a needs analysis survey.
With the ever increasing internationalisation of Japanese universities, more foreign instructors are being entrusted with teaching seminars (the “zemi”). These teachers often find themselves in social, pastoral, and mentoring roles that go beyond their usual academic duties. This paper reports the findings of a qualitative interview study of such teachers and aims to provide insights and support for those who have recently begun teaching zemi classes.
This presentation reports on the design and delivery of a mandatory communicative English as a medium of instruction (EMI) content and language integrated learning (CLIL) course to second year engineering and science students. Classes combine the use of authentic science-focussed material, edited for student level, with student discussions and reporting. In addition to course details, student feedback and teaching issues will also be reported on.
This poster presentation shows how a two semester course was developed to achieve two main aims. Firstly, a major change in course organization at a university meant that the needs of a new cohort of students had to be addressed. Secondly, a group of international students and teachers are at the university for one or two semesters every year and there is a need to create more opportunities for them to learn with local students.
Reading plays a vital role in acquiring a language extensively; especially, where the scope of being exposed to L2 is limited. Reading helps to know the content and the culture better. Reading strengthens the foundation of the lexical, morphological, grammatical and semantic ability of the students. We, the educators need to guide them properly. The more the students read, the more they master a language. We can say that reading is headway to mastering L2.
Foreign language teachers have a unique role to play in reducing hate, bias, and stereotypes. Ideas from the field of human rights education can help us to achieve this important goal. Join this hands-on workshop to learn creative ways to include human rights in content-based language lessons and to experience classroom activities that raise awareness of prejudice, empower students to stand up against discrimination, and promote the tolerance so badly needed in our multicultural world.
Many language-program curricula are organized according to the four skills. However, Nation’s (2013) four-strands model (fluency practice, meaning-focused input, meaning-focused output, language-focused learning) offers a different, more comprehensive approach. This presentation introduces a project which applied J.D. Brown’s curriculum design process, using Nation’s four strands as the underlying principle. The presenters discuss integrating CLIL, EAP, extensive reading, and other aspects under the four-strands principle, with particular attention on a stand-alone class for fluency development.