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Integration of languag e culture and content startalk 2009 dr wafa hassan msu

Integration of Language, Culture, and Content


Dr. Wafa Hassan


Content language learning
Content Language Learning

Involves teaching a curricular subject through the medium of a target language. The learner is gaining new knowledge about the subject while encountering, using and learning the foreign language

Thoughts from recent language learning research trends
Thoughts from Recent Language Learning Research Trends

In order to attain advanced level of language ability, we have to think about:

  • Language and knowing, language only is not enough

  • Languaged based knowing*

  • Globalized environment and the need for specialists in other languages

  • Professional work around the globe and its demand for multilingual teams to work together

    * Ideas from Heidi Byrnes last presentation GTU.

Content and language teaching
Content and Language Teaching

  • Builds intercultural knowledge and understanding

  • Improves language competence and oral communications

  • Provides opportunities to study content through different perspectives

  • Allows learners more contact with the target language

  • Increases learners’ motivation and confidence in using the target language

Integration of language culture content effective curriculum design
Integration of Language, Culture, Content Effective Curriculum Design

Elements of culture
Elements of Culture














Content -Based Language InstructionTeachers use instructional materials, learning tasks, and classroom techniques from academic content areas as the vehicle for developing

Content-Language & Culture ExamplesFrom MSU STARTALK Summer 2009Learning Arabic and Making ConnectionsThe Third C

Social Studies


World language applications standard 3 objectives and examples
World Language Applications – Standard 3Objectives and Examples

  • Students Connect with other Disciplines Knowledge:

  • Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the world language Point of View:

  • Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the world language and its cultures.

Connections to arabic language and culture

















Connections to ArabicLanguage and Culture

How to make social studies relevant
How to make Social Studies Relevant

  • Personalized Experiences

  • Authentic Experiences

  • Hands-on Experiences

  • Participatory Activities

  • Higher Order Thinking Activities

  • Instruction that relates Abstract to Concrete

Social studies
Social Studies

Content Strands:

History, Geography, Economics, Civics, and Public Discourse


  • Research Methodology

  • Primary Resources

  • Artifacts and Authentic Materials

History standards
History Standards

US History – Immigration & Emigration

  • Analyze the major changes in communication, transportation, demography, and urban centers, including the location and the growth of cities linked by industry and trade, in last half of the 19th century.

History standards1
History Standards

US History – Local Communities

Use historical thinking to understand the past.

  • Construct a historical narrative about the history of the local community from a variety of sources (e.g., data gathered from local residents, artifacts, photographs).

Geography standards
Geography Standards

World Geography - Cultural Mosaic

Describe the characteristics, distribution and complexity of Earth’s cultural mosaic.

  • Identify and explain examples of cultural diffusion (e.g., the spread of sports, music, architecture, technology, languages, etc.).

History standards research
History Standards - Research

Living and Working Together - Use historical thinking to understand the past.

  • Use historical records and artifacts (e.g., photos, diaries, oral histories, videos) to draw conclusions about family/school life in the past.

  • Compare life today with life in the past using the criteria of family, school, jobs, or communication.

Engage students in authentic experiences field trip
Engage Students in Authentic ExperiencesField Trip

  • Arab American National Museum

  • Arab-American Experience

Group activity unit design integration science language and culture
Group Activity experiences Unit DesignIntegration Science, Language and, Culture

Create a unit on Astronomy and Arabs. You can use these topics as part of your unit

  • Solar System

  • Eclipses

  • Sun & Moon

  • Seasons

  • Lunar Calendar

Content base language unit outline
Content-Base Language Unit Outline experiences

  • Objectives:

    content – cultural – language

  • Standards

  • Time Frame

  • Materials Needed

  • Pre and post tasks

  • Assessment

Open discussion
Open Discussion experiences