A Personal Reflection on Content-Based Learning
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The paper addresses the debate concerning the importance of and also the limitations of a content-based approach in teaching English as a second language. The paper describes this author's personal experiences with a content-based approach including its usefulness in its context, the problems that underpinned its implementation and how these problems might be overcome. This author relates that as a teacher, he will try to do what his teacher did and use a task-based approach based upon the content that the students need to know to advance to the next level.
From the Paper:"In the world of TESOL, there are many controversies. One of these controversies is whether or not a task-based approach or a content-based approach is best for teaching English as a second language. While I do not have the benefit of years of teaching in this area, I have volunteered at schools and have helped tutor students in who struggle with learning English as a second language. This past experience has helped me to figure out my future career goals, and this experience has allowed me to have a context in which I can now apply all of theories I am learning about with regard to that actual methodology of teaching TESOL. After finishing the reading on content-based approaches, I realize that I do have personal experience with content-based learning both as a student as well as a tutor of ESL students; and, I have to admit that in both areas, as a student and as a teacher's assistant, I believe that a content-based approach alone is not necessarily helpful for the ESL learner.
"I tutored at a junior high school for two of my former teachers probably not so much because I wanted to eventually be a teacher, but because of their importance to me in my life. I admired (and still admire) these two teachers because I learned so much from them."
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