Content-Based Instruction – A Cognitive Approach

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  1. Dr. Natali Smith says:

    Thanks for this article on the cognitive apprach to CBI. From my practical experience as an educational psychologists for over one and a half decades in various Asian countires, I realised that the only way to master English is through a theme, which the learner is interested in. But I find very few serious practical products on this paltform. Only program which is doing very well is Espoir Technologies Smart English programs – like “Smart English through Movies”, “Smart English through Technology and Science”, Smart English through Success Secrets” etc. I think various state goverments should take initiative to devlop such products for each countries.

  2. Rob Dickey says:

    You have defined “content” rather narrowly. Many would include “knowing how to do” as content. VESL (Vocational English as a Second Language) very much fits this consideration – it is not enough to know the technical data, the learner must be able to apply the information in order to “do the job.”

    What you really are suggesting here is that it is not enough to merely “study about” language. And yes, that is part of what CBI/CLIL/ICL and however you wish to label this is all about. However, we still need to be careful, as there is no reason that 19th Century English Literature, 20th Century or post-colonial Indian Literature, or whatever, cannot be studied “about” in the classic literature analysis, yet be combined with “applied” English in the content + language approach that is CBI.

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