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.
I have been volunteering at a wonderful school in Lima, Peru and am reminded of some universal basics in education:
- Have an objective;
- Teach to the objective- use a text, activity, … to teach the objective remembering that the text is not the objective;
- Evaluate whether or not the objective was met;
- Reteach or move forward depending on the assessment.
When teaching I need to let the students do the work- talk, write, create, use the information- so they can show what they know and are able to do. I love the workshop model where I give some input for no more than 15 minutes and then have the students use the information. Then, I can provide more input. Build up scaffolding and then remove it when it is no longer necessary.
I also like to backwards plan my units where I decide what I want the students to know and be able to do by what date. Then, I backwards plan the lessons necessary to get them there. And of course, relationships are key.
¡Feliz día del maestro amigos peruanos! Happy Teacher’s Day to my Peruvian friends!