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Experiencing content-based-instruction as an adult learner
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TitleExperiencing content-based-instruction as an adult learner
AuthorStadem, Judith Anne
Published2012
SubjectsLanguage and languages -- Study and teaching
Language learning and language teaching
Adult education
Community education
Norwegian language -- Study and teaching
Language arts -- Correlation with content subjects
LocationArchives PD2611.S73 2012
NotesThesis (Master of Education in World Language Instruction)--Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.), 2012.
Rights ManagementCopyright owned by Judith Anne Stadem.
LanguageEnglish
AbstractContent-based instruction (CBI) has gained popularity in the arena of second language acquisition for its practicality and effectiveness in teaching content and language simultaneously. Research has shown it to not only increase students' interest and motivation, but also achievement levels. This qualitative study explored the use of CBI with adult learners of Norwegian in a community education class. Interviews were used to find meaning in participants' experiences with CBI in order to ultimately determine the usefulness of CBI in this non-traditional setting. The interviews revealed ways that CBI may be used effectively to meet adult learners needs for safety: through a review of materials, the use of cognates, and by building on students' prior knowledge. The interviews also revealed how the use of authentic tasks and materials in CBI activities can contribute to an increased interest in the target culture and a strong sense of relevancy to what is being learned.
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