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    4: Subjects Matter

Reflect on Your Learning

Introduction
Before You Watch
Analyze the Video
Examine the Topic
Put it Into Practice
Action Research Project
Reflect on Your Learning

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Assignment In this session, you analyzed how content can be the focus of a foreign language classroom and how language -- vocabulary and structure -- can become transparent or opaque during the study of content. You will now write a one- to two-page summary of what you have learned and how you plan to apply it in your classroom. Review the notes you have taken during this session, as well as your answers to the Reflect on Your Experience questions. Use the questions below to guide your writing.
  1. Consider the examples of content-rich materials that you have seen in this session. What do you notice about the vocabulary and meanings that are presented? How do they compare with the scope of vocabulary and meanings in non-content-based lessons, such as a typical textbook lesson?
  1. What insights have you gained about Professor Lightbown's notion of transparent and opaque language learning?
  1. What factors will you consider when choosing the content to teach in your foreign language classroom?
  1. How does content-based instruction affect the overall outcomes of foreign language instruction? Why do "subjects matter"?
AssignmentSubmit your summary as an assignment.
   
4: Subjects Matter > Introduction | Before You Watch | Analyze the Video
Examine the Topic | Put It Into Practice | Action Research Project | Reflect on Your Learning
Resources | Library Videos Chart | Printouts | Assignments

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