Content-Based Language Instruction
and Curriculum Development

June 24–28, 2024
Synchronous* 1-week online summer institute

Instructor Cammarata
Laurent Cammarata

This institute has been specifically designed for world 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 using varied academic and cultural content to enhance students' language proficiency and content learning. Participants will also learn how to expand their own existing curricula by familiarizing themselves with a framework for Integrating Content, Language, and Literacy (Cammarata, 2016) and utilizing the Content-Based Language Teaching with Technology (CoBaLTT) online resources.

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
  • Text Types, Genres, and 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, participants 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 a 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, and has been the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education (John Benjamins) since January 2019.

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


  • Book Purchase: The book Content-Based Foreign Language Teaching: Curriculum and Pedagogy for Developing Advanced Thinking and Literacy Skills is required for this online institute. The paperback version of the book (ISBN: 978-0415880169) is approximately $55 USD; the cost of an ebook version from Amazon is approximately $53 USD. You may also be able to request a copy from your school or university library.
  • This 1-week synchronous online institute will run from 9 am–4 pm (Central Time). The schedule includes many synchronous (real-time) presentations, group/partner work, and activities throughout the day. It also includes some off-screen time for independent work and a break for lunch each day.
  • You must be available to participate for the entire day Monday–Friday as all activities build on each other.
  • Make sure you can meet the tech requirements for this institute.

Priority Teacher Professional Development Scholarship Program

Logo - PriorityThe Priority Teacher Professional Development Scholarship program is designed to promote equity and access to affordable professional development for world language educators who are currently teaching at a Community College, Minority Serving Institution, or Historically Black College/University in the United States and/or are currently teaching a Less Commonly Taught Language in the United States. The program provides funding for selected teachers in these categories to attend a CARLA Summer Institute for no charge.

Learn more and apply on the Priority Teacher Professional Development Scholarship website.

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— 2023 Institute Participant

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