Content-Based Instruction

What Every ESL Teacher Needs to Know
Marguerite Ann Snow and Donna M. Brinton


“CBI is a highly flexible approach that provides a powerful means of structuring the syllabus for both general purpose and EAP courses."
---Marguerite Ann Snow and Donna M. Brinton

In this e-single, Snow and Brinton, editors of the Second Edition of The Content-Based Classroom: New Perspectives on Integrating Language and Content (2017), explain how “content-based instruction (CBI) is a vibrant approach to curriculum design that is able to ‘flex’ to fit a wide variety of student populations, settings, and program goals.” The ebook introduces readers to the concept of CBI through a brief history and countless examples of many ways this approach can be applied across settings and programs.

Whether readers want to deepen their understanding of CBI or get ideas for their own teaching situation, this book provides:

  • n overview of CBI, including the three prototype models (theme-based, sheltered, adjunct)
  • a discussion of new models: sustained content language teaching, content and language-integrated learning, English-medium instruction, adjunct models, and other hybrid models
  • a rationale for CBI, including support from SLA and other research
  • an examination of issues that arise in implementation
  • a research agenda for CBI
  • further readings
Each section includes reflection questions designed to guide readers to consider how best to implement CBI in their course and program.

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  • Ebook
  • 2019
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-12617-0

  • Kindle Single

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  • content-based instruction, theme-based instruction, immersion models, adjunct instruction model, hybrid model, English-medium instruction, sheltered instruction model, sustained content language teaching, curriculum design, assessment models, CLIL, content and language integrated learning, second language acquisition, second language research