Content Area Teacher Training

The CATT course is designed to assist current content area teachers (trainees in this program) from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds in the process of transitioning to English Medium Instruction (EMI) in their content area. The course will provide content area teachers with skills in materials modification, methodology, assessment, as well as lesson planning and delivery in English.

This course can be customized according to your institution's needs in terms of length and content, and it can be offered in Tucson, Arizona, on-site at your university, as a hybrid course, or fully online. It may be possible to customize this program in other ways as well.

This program includes training modules in the following areas: 

  • English Medium Instruction: Theory and Practice: Analysis of past EMI cases and research to create a “Best Practices in EMI” manual for trainees’ own use
  • Materials Modification and Development: Techniques for scaffolding materials and designing effective lessons for the EMI context
  • Assessment: An overview of general assessment practices, as well as treatment of the difference between content and language assessments
  • Observations: A combination of online and face-to-face (when possible) class observations, including observation protocol for peers and supervisors, and reflection on teaching practice
  • L1 Issues/Second Language Acquisition Theory: Treatment of basic theories of second language acquisition to improve understanding of linguistic, psychological, and social aspects of language learning as it relates to EMI contexts
  • Practicum: Using lessons and materials they developed during the 5 CATT classes, trainees demonstrate a sample lesson in their area, and receive feedback from CATT instructors and their classmates

Program Details


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