Content-Based Language Instruction
and Curriculum Development

July 24–28, 2017

Laurent Cammarata

This institute has been specifically designed for foreign language teachers who want to familiarize themselves with and implement Content-Based Instruction (CBI) in the second language classroom.

During this institute, teachers will learn how to create CBI materials and tasks to enhance students' language proficiency and content learning. Participants will also learn how to expand their own existing curricula by weaving in varied academic and cultural content, navigating and utilizing the Content-Based Language Teaching with Technology (CoBaLTT) online resources, and planning appropriate assessments for CBI.


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— CBI Institute Participant

Program Schedule (9am-4pm)

Day 1 Introduction to CBI
  • Defining Terms
  • CBI Core Principles
  • World Readiness Standards and CBI
  • The Cultural Prism Frameworkd
Day 2 CBI Curriculum Development—Part I
  • Focus on Inquiry
  • Genre and Varied Text Structures
  • Identifying and Mining Authentic Texts
  • CBI Core Curriculum Components
Day 3  CBI Curriculum Development—Part II
  • CBI Lesson Planning in a Nutshell
  • Effective Planning Strategies for Balancing
    Language and Content
  • A Framework for Integrating Content, Language, and Literacy
Day 4 CBI Instructional Strategies
  • Scaffolding Instruction
  • Key Instructional Strategies for CBI
  • CoBaLTT Graphic Organizer Templates
Day 5 Assessment for CBI
  • Effective Assessment Strategies for CBI
  • Integrated Performance Assessment
  • Pulling It All Together

This institute will help you learn to:


Laurent Cammarata is associate professor in education at the Faculté Saint-Jean, University of Alberta, Canada. His work focuses on the implementation of meaning-based approaches to curriculum design and his publications on the topic have appeared in well-respected scientific venues. He is the 2013 co-recipient of the Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education and the editor of Content-Based Foreign Language Teaching: Curriculum and Pedagogy for Developing Advanced Thinking and Literacy Skills published by Routledge in 2016.

Target Audience
: Middle school to postsecondary foreign language teachers and teacher educators. The institute is not intended for ESL or immersion teachers.

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