Using Inquiry-Based Learning to Teach Additional Languages

From Caputo, L. (2014). Using inquiry-based learning to teach additional languages in a high school context. In Inquiry-based learning for the arts, humanities, and social sciences: A conceptual and practical resource for educators. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

What you should see in an IBL language classroom:

  • students exploring or 'noticing' linguistics features that occur in authentic texts (oral and written)

  • students analyzing linguistics features that arise from looking at authentic texts or carrying out authentic tasks

  • teachers planning language instruction that enables students to meet educational objectives from mainstream educational expectations

  • teachers using teaching strategies that encourage active deduction of meaning

  • students being provided with opportunities to intellectually engage with language learning

  • students and teacher learning together through collaboration, negotiation, and authentic communication