chapter  9
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Critical Content-Based Instruction in the Foreign Language Classroom: Critical Issues for Implementation

ByRyuko Kubota

Content-based instruction (CBI) has been implemented in such areas as foreign language education, language for specific or academic purposes, immersion education, and sheltered instruction for English language learners. Since CBI is based on the principle that language is learned through learning meaningful content, the types of content selected and the educational philosophy behind the selection are as important as the ways in which language proficiency is developed. Although teachers may select topics and content of interest to learners, they may also consider how the topic, content, and delivery of instruction can encourage learners to think critically about the content and develop critical awareness of language and texts.