Content-Based Language Teaching and Academic Language Development

Authored by: Marguerite Ann Snow

Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138859814
eBook ISBN: 9781315716893
Adobe ISBN: 9781317508366

10.4324/9781315716893.ch12

 Download Chapter

 

Abstract

Content-based language teaching is an approach to the teaching of second/foreign languages in which language and content are integrated in instruction. What constitutes “content” in language teaching methodology has changed over the decades as methods for second/foreign languages have evolved from specifying structures (e.g., tenses) in the grammatical syllabus to language functions (e.g., invitations) in the notional functional approach. By the 1980s, content in many language teaching programs had come to be defined as the topics, themes, or subject matter through which second language learners could learn both forms and functions as well as the four skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking (Snow, 2014). For more than three decades, content-based instruction (CBI) has taken its place alongside other approaches such as task-based learning as a form of communicative language teaching (Dueñas, 2004; Duff, 2014; Larsen-Freeman & Anderson, 2011; Richards & Rodgers, 2014).

 Cite
Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.