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2004-05 Archived Lecture Presentation

2004-05 Archived Series – June 24, 2005

Content and Theme-based Instruction in the ELT Classroom

Richard Boyum and Leslie Opp-Beckman, Speakers
June 24, 2005


This is the seventh lecture in a 10-part professional development series for English as a Foreign Language educators in Thailand. University of Oregon is partnering with the US Embassy in Bangkok, the Royal Thai Distance Learning Foundation, colleagues at Chulalongkorn University, and at ThaiTESOL on this innovative and exciting project.

About the Speakers

Richard Boyum is the Regional English Language Officer at the US Embassy Bangkok.

Leslie Opp-Beckman is on faculty at the University of Oregon in the Linguistics Department and the American English Institute. She develops e-learning curriculum and and teaches courses on Computer-Assisted Language Learning.

Discussion Questions

  1. What kind of content is the “best” content?
  2. What language skills are most effective with content-based instruction?
  3. How does content-based instruction fit with other approaches and strategies in the curriculum?
  4. How can I assess content-based instruction activities?

Online Resources

Pedagogical Readings
Following are some readings that explain what content-based instruction is and how it applies to English language learning and teaching. The first two readings in the list will give you a good basis for further understanding of this topic:

Following are some additional readings for further information.

Practical Resources
Following are some resources that support content-based instruction and provide practical ideas for the classroom