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After giving a brief overview
of the rationale for content-based teaching and a summary of the current
scholarship in this area, we will examine how we can develop our own content-based
materials for use in large classes. First we will critically examine the
content-based materials in two Oxford University Press textbooks, “Gateways”
and “Springboard”, in order to gain an appreciation of many ways that content
can be presented. We will then look at the Oxford Springboard website (http://www.oup.com/elt/springboard)
to see how lesson plans have been built around actual private and commercial
websites. While the materials in the workshop will be drawn from Oxford
publications, the techniques learned will be applicable to any course in
communicative English teaching.
Thomas Robb is a professor
at Kyoto Sangyo Daigaku (Japan) in the Faculty of Foreign Language. He
has been a computer user for 20 years and has been surfing the net for
7 years. Professor Robb is involved with the TESL-L lists and is the technical
editor for TESL-EJ (electronic journal). His main focus is on ways to use
the internet effectively for language teaching and learning. He is a past
president of JALT (national) and is on the executive board of “TESOL Quarterly”.