Content-Based Language Instruction
and Curriculum Development

June 21–25, 2021
Synchronous* 1-week online summer institute

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.

Program Schedule (9am–4pm)
Day 1 Introduction to CBI
  • Defining Terms
  • CBI Core Principles
  • World Readiness Standards and CBI
  • The Cultural Prism Framework
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

After this institute, you will be able to:

  • Identify the key theoretical principles that underlie content-based instruction (CBI);

  • Understand issues related to the integration of language, content, and literacy within the context of CBI curriculum development;

  • Describe how the World Readiness Standards relate to CBI;

  • Identify well-adapted assessment strategies and tools for CBI; and

  • Develop plans for well-integrated language and content instructional modules by applying newly acquired CBI planning skills and strategies.


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. His publications have appeared in well-respected scientific venues and have received many academic accolades such as the 2013 Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education. He is the editor of two volumes on the topic, Content-Based Foreign Language Teaching: Curriculum and Pedagogy for Developing Advanced Thinking and Literacy Skills (2016) and Teacher Development for Immersion and Content-Based Instruction (2020), and the current co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education.

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


  • This synchronous online institute will run from 9 am–4 pm (Central Time). The schedule includes many synchronous presentations throughout the day as well as time for independent or partner/group work and a break for lunch.
  • You must be available to participate for the entire day Monday–Friday.
  • Make sure you can meet the tech requirements for this institute.


Quote MarksRight quote marksIt was a great experience! I learned a lot of teaching techniques I would not have been exposed to otherwise and will totally redesign my class based on what I learned here.
—CBI Institute Participant

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