20180217 Concept-Based Foreign Language Instruction: Cultivating Intellect and Socio-Emotional Skills

20180217 - 20180218
Mumbai, India


Foreign language teaching is a dynamic discipline: there are things learners must know, there are ideas they must understand, and there are actions they must be able to do. Conventionally, foreign language teachers have focused on four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and have overseen valuable opportunities to use students’ intellectual background knowledge to enrich the learning experience.
Nowadays, due to the exponential growth of information and knowledge, foreign language learners need to take their learning to a higher level of abstraction; they need to demonstrate global citizenship life skills; they need to be active participants in the co-construction of knowledge; and most importantly they need to embrace the responsibility of producing quality information.
Foreign Language teacher need to develop students’ ability to critically think and reason, in order to solve complex problems and create new ideas, and this is a pursuit that can be accomplished through concept-based curriculum design and instruction.
This workshop will help participants answer the following questions:

  • Why is it important for students to learn conceptually?
  • What are the facts, processes and concepts in foreign language learning?
  • How can we use prior knowledge and intellect as tools for concept-based teaching and learning in the foreign language classroom?
  • How does understanding socio-emotional-related language skills contribute to enrich the learning experience in concept-based foreign language teaching environment?


Day 1

Session 1: Language learning and teaching in the present: Why should we learn to conceptualize?  

Session 2: The foreign language classroom intellectual architecture and procedural architecture: 

a) Structure of knowledge
b) Structure of processes

 Session 3: The foreign language concept-based teaching and learning walls:

a) The Linguistic Wall
b) The Intellectual Knowledge Wall
c) The Conceptual Use of the Language Wall
d) The Socio-emotional aspects of the language Wall  

Session 4: Foreign Language Concept-Based Teaching and Learning Elements:  

a) Generalizations

  • 1) Topic
  • 2) Linguistic
  • 3) knowledge 

b) Guiding questions
c) Links

Day 2

Session 5: Thinking and Communication Culture Creation in the Foreign Language Classroom 

a) Common Language
b) Learner and Teacher’s roles
c) Experiences and Resources Continuum
d) Learning Expectations  

 Session 6: Unit Planning in a Concept-Based Foreign Language Teaching and Instruction environment.     

Session 7:  Didactic moments and didactic sequence creation and evaluation, and role of the opportunity triangle in the Concept-Based Foreign Language Teaching and Instruction environment.

 Session 8: Linguistic, intellectual, socio-emotional performance, and conceptual use of the language evaluation.



Hotel Mirage
Andheri – Kurla Rd, Navpada, Marol
Andheri East, Mumbai
Maharashtra 400047

Price inclusive of:

  • Welcome coffee/tea on both mornings
  • Lunch (veg:non veg) on both days
  • two coffee/tea breaks per day
  • Bottled water throughout the day
  • Stationary
  • Workshop workbook including exemplars of concept-based foreign language teaching and instruction unit portfolios, conceptual readiness continuum in the foreign language classroom, assessment rubrics to assess linguistic, intellectual, socio-emotional performance, and conceptual use of the language.
  • A copy of J. Rafael Angel´s 3rd book: Spanish by Concept for the MYP 1-3, phases 1-2.
  • Surprise gift(s)

After successful completion of the workshop a Certificate of Participation will be awarded.



  • Payment details will be advised upon course confirmation.


  • If you are unable to attend this event, you may send a substitute delegate in your place at no additional cost. Please advise us of any substitutions as soon as possible. The participation fee will not be reimbursed upon cancellation.
  • Ampers& Consulting Group will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from any changes to or cancellation or rescheduling of the workshop. If the workshop is cancelled or rescheduled, Ampers& Consulting Group will make every effort to contact every registered delegate. In case of cancellation or reschedule of a workshop,  Ampers& Consulting Group will reimburse the participation fee, minus 10%  service charge.
  • Ampers& Consulting Group reserves the right to cancel the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.


  • All workshops will only be confirmed if there is sufficient number of participants.
  • You are advised to make your travel plans on confirmation of the workshop from us


J. Rafael Angel
Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Trainer & Consultant Content and Course Design Specialist

J. Rafael Angel started teaching in his native home country, Mexico, in 2000 and has been teaching in International Baccalaureate (IB) Schools since 2005. He has taught Spanish Language & Literature, and Language Acquisition Spanish, English and French as an additional Language in Mexico, the United States, Argentina, Jordan, India, China, the U.A.E and Belgium. His involvement with the IB covers areas such as design and standardization of the Teacher Support Materials, collaboration in the MYP Language Acquisition Curriculum Review team, leading workshops and contributing to multiple projects. He is a Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction (CBCI) certified independent trainer, a Sheltered Language Support Trainer, and currently serves as Pedagogical Director at Bogaerts International School - North Campus in Brussels, Belgium. He is the author of 'From inception to fruition: Concept Based Language teaching and learning, which is available in English, Spanish and will soon be translated in Korean and other languages. His articles on Approaches to Teaching and Learning skills in virtual environments have been published in the International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning in 2013 and 2015. He holds a BA in Foreign Language teaching and Learning from the University of Guadalajara; and an MA in Education with a focus on Approaches to Teaching and Learning from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). Rafael has also worked alongside Dr Lynn Erickson, Dr Lois Lanning and Rachel French in the CBCI Institute as a World Language Specialist.