Concept-Based Additional Language Instruction level 1


Foreign language teaching is a dynamic discipline: there are things learners must know, there are big ideas they must understand, and there are skills they need to be able to demonstrate.
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 develop the skills to understand and respond to the information they consume, and to communicate responsibly when they produce texts. Acquiring a new language causes students to become contributors to the universe of ideas in the culture where the target language is spoken and empowers them to have access to a lot more information.

Thus, language teachers need to help students develop their skills to interpret, respond to, understand, and create effective messages in different formats, for different audiences, and for different purposes. Through concept-based approaches to teaching languages, teachers can become effective designers of learning. Join this exploration and discover how to teach a foreign language class confidently without feeling that you are teaching a humanities class.

This workshop will help participants answer the following questions:

• How is teaching towards understanding different from a topic-based approach?
• How do Statements of conceptual understanding guide me in the design of meaningful learning?
• How can I design an explicit, intentional and meaningful concept-based learning culture?
• How can I design concept-based language instruction using textbooks as anchor resources?
• How can I guide students to realize what they need to understand and be able to do?

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.


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.