(10/25 MA TESOL公開講演会)MA TESOL Program Public Lecture Series 2019 10/25 (Fri.) (Venue: Kanda, Tokyo)

Public Lecture

Achieving Coherence in Content-Based Language Teaching: Applying the 6 Ts to Course Design

Lecturer Prof. Donna M. Brinton, University of California, Los Angeles
Date Friday, October 25, 2019
Time 18:30 ~ 20:00 (DOORS OPEN at 18:00)
Venue Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages (Kanda Gaigo Gakuin) in Tokyo, Bldg. 3, 7F, Plaza Azul
Admission: Free
Donna M. Brinton


The term syllabus refers to a public document that defines course content; typically, the syllabus outlines the overall goals of the course, the topics to be explored, academic skills and language issues to be covered, materials and assignments, along with the course timetable and the assessment scheme. As an alternative to other types of language syllabi (e.g., the grammatical syllabus, the notional syllabus, the task-based syllabus), the content-based syllabus has as its central organizational scheme themes or topics selected for their relevance to the student population. In this lecture, Donna Brinton discusses strengths and potential weaknesses of the content-based syllabus (e.g., the “potpourri” approach toward topic selection in many content-based textbooks. She then introduces the 6 Ts framework (Stoller & Grabe, 2017) as a remedy for achieving course coherence. Each of the 6 Ts (themes, topics, texts, tasks, transitions, and threads) will be discussed and illustrated via the example of a unit on saving the environment.
Entrance of Building 3


Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages (Kanda Gaigo Gakuin) in Tokyo, Bldg. 3, 7F, Plaza Azul 2-13-13 Uchikanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8525 2 mins walk from JR Kanda Sta. West Exit, 3 mins walk from Tokyo Metro Kanda Sta. North Exit, 7 mins walk from Tokyo Metro Otemachi Sta. A2 Exit, Awajicho Sta. or Toei Subway Ogawamachi Sta. A1 Exit.

Kanda Gaigo Gakuin Map
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Kanda University of International Studies

Graduate School, Tokyo Campus,
TESOL Program

Office:4F, Building 7, 2-13-13 Uchikanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-8525, JAPAN