Osaka JALT:

Achieving Coherence in Content-Based Language Teaching: Applying the 6 Ts to Course Design

Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 Time: 4:40 PM - 6:10 PM

Speaker: Donna M. Brinton (private educational consultant based in Beverly Hills, CA, USA)

The term syllabus refers to a public document that defines course content; typically, the syllabus outlines the overall goals of the course, the topics to be explored, academic skills and language issues to be covered, materials and assignments, along with the course timetable and the assessment scheme. As an alternative to other types of language syllabi (e.g., the grammatical syllabus, the notional syllabus, the task-based syllabus), the content-based syllabus has as its central organizational scheme themes or topics selected for their relevance to the student population. In this lecture, Donna Brinton discusses strengths and potential weaknesses of the content-based syllabus (e.g., the "potpourri" approach toward topic selection in many content-based textbooks. She then introduces the 6 Ts framework (Stoller & Grabe, 2017) as a remedy for achieving course coherence. Each of the 6 Ts (themes, topics, texts, tasks, transitions, and threads) will be discussed and illustrated via the example of a unit on saving the environment.

Organization: Osaka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Osaka JALT)

Cost: free

Venue: Osaka Jogakuin University 2 Chome-26-54 Tamatsukuri Chuo-ku 540-0004 (map)

Location: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan


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