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ERIC Number: ED431324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Sustained Content-Based Teaching for Academic Skills Development in ESL/EFL.
Pally, Marcia
This paper discusses the rationale for using sustained content-based instruction (CBI) to teach English for academic purposes to non- native speakers, drawing on recent research and theory and on both personal experience and a small-scale study of college students. Discussion begins with a look at college and graduate students' needs for both language skills and skills in argumentation, particularly in the conventions of Anglo-American rhetoric. Topics addressed here include cultural, political, and psycho-social questions about English language hegemony and the question of who should learn these rhetorical conventions. Literature on sustained CBI is then reviewed, offering support for it from experience with student frustration, research on its effectiveness, and interviews with students who had studied English in sustained CBI classes. In the interviews, students noted benefits in content-area expertise and learning motivation. Several sustained CBI courses developed by the author are described briefly, with course outlines appended. Contains 30 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A