EFL Teachers’ Challenges to Write Content and Language Objectives for CBI Lesson Plans at a Mexican University





CBI, lesson planning, objectives, language features, cognitive categories, Instruction, teaching guides


This study aims at documenting the challenges that three Mexican students participating in a Content-Based Instruction (CBI) module from a Master’s (MA) program in English Language Teaching (ELT) face when writing content and language objectives for CBI lessons. Through qualitative research based on a content analysis design, one lesson plan of each MA student (n=3) was analyzed using criteria proposed by well-known researchers. Results revealed that MA students wrote clear content objectives. The major challenge of content objectives was found in the observability of these objectives. Language objectives were less successful, as most of them were rated as not clear. Moreover, language objectives focused almost exclusively on language skills and grammar and language structures. Finally, the verbs used in the language objectives demanded a low-order cognitive category from students. Despite being EFL trained teachers, these MA students had more challenges in writing language objectives than content objectives. Thus, material, examples, and directions provided to students should explicitly draw students’ attention to the most common challenges to help overcome them.

Received: 23/07/2019

Accepted: 28/02/2020

Author Biography

Andres Arias de la Cruz, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco

Profesor Investigador de la Licenciatura en Iidomas de la División Académica de Educación y Artes


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