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background image Chapter 10: Content-Based Instruction    The motto for content‐based Instruction is essentially, “It’s not just for English class 
o  ESL students can all too easily fall prey to the misconception that their English  instruction is highly compartmentalized –that it is relevant only in their English 
class but doesn’t carry over into their other academic subjects.   
o  Content‐based ESL teaching helps them to recognize the relevance of English  “across the curriculum.”  o  There are two possible ways to approach content‐based TESL:       Introduce subjects other than literature or grammar in your ESL 
  Partner with a teacher in your school, who teaches a different subject –
such as (but not restricted to) geography, math, history, or science.   
  In introducing another academic subject, you may wish to poll the students to see which 
courses they show the most interest in or feel they need the most need help in. 
o  Subjects requiring substantial amounts of reading and/or writing, such as history  and possibly science, lend themselves best to this approach; math is a less‐likely 
candidate, though some mathematical concepts can be expressed in formal 
Standard English, and many students require help with word problems. 
o  Obtain textbooks from other instructors in order to find material that is  appropriate for your students’ grade level, although you may need to do some 
revising or editing to make it appropriate for their English‐competency level.  
  Once you’ve selected your content, your approach to using it in the ESL 
classroom can be essentially the same as we’ve seen in the Direct 
 or Communicative Learning.   
  Avoid techniques requiring bilingual texts, such as Desuggestopedia, 
unless you are fluent in Laotian, Urdu, Russian, Low Deutsch, Serbo‐
Croatian, and all dialects of Spanish. 
  If you choose to partner with another instructor in your school, whose subject area  lends itself to cooperative teaching, ideally, he/she will know or be willing to learn 
suitable ESL techniques. 
o  A quick review of some basic techniques will put another instructor at ease if  he/she is otherwise unfamiliar with TESL approaches.  o  Prepare your materials cooperatively so that, for example, you can suggest a  vocabulary list for reading assignments, select passages suitable for cloze 
dictation, and possibly provide opportunities for oral presentations.   
o  Your partner should be willing to give writing assignments, which you can assist  in grading.   

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School: Arkansas Tech University
Department: Foreign Language
Course: Teaching English as a Second Language
Professor: Stanley Lombardo
Term: Winter 2016
Tags: english, ESL, and TESL
Name: ENGL 4703 Chapter 10: Content-Based Instruction
Description: Here are the notes over Chapter 10 of the Techniques & Principles in Language Teaching 3rd Edition
Uploaded: 04/15/2016
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