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


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 for producing quality information.
Foreign Language teachers 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 a 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 enriching the learning experience in a concept-based foreign language teaching environment?

This workshop can be delivered in English, Spanish, or French, with resources available in
Chinese and Korean.


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.


Rafael Angel
Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Trainer & Consultant. Language & EFL support 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, and English and French as a Foreign Language in Mexico, the United States, Argentina, Jordan, India, and China. His involvement with the IB includes his collaboration in the design and standardization of the Teacher Support Materials for the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) Next Chapter and his role as part of the MYP Language Acquisition Curriculum Review team. He is a Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction (CBCI) certified independent trainer, a Sheltered Language Support Trainer, and currently serves as Teaching and Learning Director, and MYP and Language Coordinator at Qingdao Amerasia International School in Qingdao, China. He is the author of 3 of the IB MYP Spanish books in the series By Concept, published by Hodder Education. 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 also works alongside Dr Lynn Erickson, Dr Lois Lanning and Rachel French in the CBCI Institute every summer as a Foreign Language Specialist.