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integration of languag e culture and content startalk 2009 dr wafa hassan msu
Integration of Language, Culture, and Content

STARTALK 2009

Dr. Wafa Hassan

MSU

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
elements of culture
Elements of Culture

Beliefs

Values

Habits

Food

Leisure

Dance

Customs

weddings

Art

Music

Literature

Folklore

artifacts

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

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

Social Studies

Science

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
Geography

History

Immigration

Economics

Flags

Currency

Foods

Celebrations

Cultures

Energy

Lifestyles

Ecosystems

Transportation

Politics

Governments

Religions

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

Skills:

  • 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 ActivityUnit 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
  • Objectives:

content – cultural – language

  • Standards
  • Time Frame
  • Materials Needed
  • Pre and post tasks
  • Assessment
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