Language Through Content

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.

Language Acquisition

How do children acquire language?  Lots of language, written language, spoken language?

Dr. Kate Kinsella gave an interesting talk last year at the Minnesota ESL, Bilingual and Migrant Education Conference.  Here is the link to her page from the conference.  Check out the handouts for some amazing ideas for language acquisition:  http://www.mnellconference.org/?page_id=9