Concept-Based Foreign Language Instruction. Level 2


This workshop is a follow up to J. Rafael’s first workshop on concept-based foreign language instruction (Concept-Based Foreign Language instruction: Cultivating intellect and socio-emotional skills).
This workshop supports experienced concept-based foreign language teachers who want to amplify the learning possibilities in their classrooms, and desire to elevate the sophistication of the learning engagements they design for their students. This workshop focuses on the delivery of a concept-based foreign language curriculum.
Participants will have the opportunity to evaluate the quality of a variety of assessments for understanding tasks, to look at the conceptual coherence in a concept-based foreign language curriculum, to discuss and analyze the concepts embedded in different standards, and to use concept-based unit planners as pedagogical portfolios for curriculum redesign.

This workshop will help participants answer the following questions:

• What are the key features of a coherent concept-based foreign language curriculum?
• How may a concept-based foreign language curriculum best be delivered?
• What differences can be identified among different levels of achievement in assessment for understanding tasks?
• How can formative assessment strengthen the pedagogy behind concept-based foreign language instruction?
• How can I support students to generalize in the concept-based foreign language class?

This workshop can be delivered in English, Spanish, or French. Resources in Chinese and Korean will be available in 2019.


Sessions are customized depending on group composition, location & needs of organizing school or organisation.

if you would like to organize this workshop at your school or organisation.


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.