Content-focused language teaching approaches such as Content-Based Instruction (CBI) and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) continue to gain both recognition and credibility. In this talk, participants will be introduced to both the theory and practice of such approaches, with special emphasis on the affective learning domain. After looking at the various benefits and challenges of a content-focused approach, the presenter will introduce an example of a theme-based CLIL program that is currently being used in a tertiary-level English program for management course students in Japan. Specifically, we will explore how a required Japan Studies course for second-year students has been designed and developed. The aim here is to highlight for participants each step in the instructional design process as well as some of the various considerations at both the macro (curriculum) and micro (task) levels. Participants will then be challenged to consider the motivational merits of implementing a content-focused approach in their own teaching contexts and be presented with a list of suggested readings for further exploration.
Brent Jones, Konan University, Hirao School of Management, Japan
Stream: Japanese Studies
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