Language and content go together. We cannot learn language first and then learn content; nor can we learn content if we do not have the language. Learning to teach in this way is truly worth your while. I have compiled some resources for your continuing education.
How do we best teach language through content? We
- show the movie first
- pre-teach the vocabulary
- use visuals
- make timelines
- use graphic organizers
- act it out
- create podcasts and videos
- interact using the content and the vocabulary
- use realia
Here is a link to many more resources for learning language through content from CAL: http://www.cal.org/twi/rgos/content.html
This link is to a chapter on Teaching Content Through a Second Language that is on the CARLA website and don’t forget about CoBaLTT.
If you or your program need assistance in the area of content instruction in a second (or third…) language please let me know.