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Supporting Student Engagement in Academic Literacy in Content Areas

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To help students learn the best, teachers are encouraged to provide students with a meaningful context to use English for authentic purposes. Content-based instruction (CBI) not only offers students a context for meaningful communication but also improves students’ subject knowledge and English skills. This presentation will discuss approaches established with CBI and how to plan an effective lesson with CBI. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to support student engagement with reading literacy in different content areas such as science, social studies and English language arts. We will also explore scaffolding techniques and hands-on activities to address students’ challenges with reading and improve their reading comprehension.


Hsu-Ping Tuan received her M.A. in TESOL through the PreK-12 program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also holds an M.S. in Brain Science from National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan. She was awarded the Teachers College, Columbia University John F. Fanselow Award for developing outstanding ESL materials. She is a certified ESL teacher in New York State, and has extensive teaching experience in the US and Taiwan. She dedicates herself to adapting ESL curriculum for students in EFL contexts so that students can achieve better learning outcomes. She is also interested in integrating the latest research findings of neuroscience and English teaching to facilitate students’ learning. Currently, she is the founder and principal of a language academy, an adjunct university lecturer at National Yang-Ming University, a curriculum designer for online reading courses and a teacher trainer who provides professional development worldwide.
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