Sunday, June 16, 2013

Content Based Instruction (CBI)

CBI is an approach to language teaching that focuses not on the language itself, but rather on what is being taught through the language; that is the language becomes the medium through which something new is learned. CBI is designed to provide second-language learners instruction in content and language. During the lesson students are focused on learning about something

·      Learners are expose to a considerable amount of language through stimulating content
·      CBI supports contextualized learning; learners are taught useful of language that is embedded within relevant discourse contexts rather than as isolated language fragments.
·      Greater flexibility and adaptability in the curriculum can be deployed as per the students interest
·      Because CBI isn’t explicitly focused on language learning. Some students may confused or may even feel that they aren’t improving their language skills
·      Some students may copy directly from the source texts they use to get their information
·      It can be hard to find information sources and texts that lower levels can understand

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