MOSAIC: Linking Languages and Content

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Content-based Thematic Units

  • Levels: High school, university
  • Languages: French, Japanese, and Spanish
  • Cost: Free of charge

MOSAIC content-based thematic units link language learning with standards in geography (Spanish, French) and history (Japanese). Each development team included one university-level content specialist, one university-level language teacher, one high school content specialist, and one high school language teacher. The content specialists identified source materials and ensured that unit lessons are current and accurate. The language specialists assured the pedagogical and linguistic quality of the materials, keeping in mind the special challenges of learning new content in a second language.

Lessons Examples

  • Students learn how to report events and ask questions in French while studying HIV/AIDS in Africa.
  • Spanish students practice comparing and asking questions as they learn about the importance of food in religious ceremonies.
  • Japanese students learn vocabulary to describe people while identifying common themes in ukiyo-e and anime.