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CLIL Content and Language Integrated Learning

Steve Darn


Common Questions What is CLIL?  How does CLIL benefit learners?  What are the underlying principles of CLIL?  What’s different about CLIL lessons?  How do I become a CLIL teacher?  Are there any available resources?  Where can I find out more? 

Steve Darn


What is CLIL? 

CLIL refers to any educational context in which an additional language, not the first language of the learners, is used as a medium in the teaching and learning of non-language content. Derived from the notion of ‘Language Across the Curriculum’

Steve Darn


Why CLIL? 

Successful language learning can be achieved when people have the opportunity to experience real-life situations in which they can acquire the language. CLIL is a more natural situation for language development which builds on other forms of learning. This natural use of language can enhance a learner’s motivation towards learning languages. This naturalness is crucial for CLIL’s importance and success in relation to both language and other subject learning.

Steve Darn


Steve Darn


Research Foundations    

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It takes 5-7 years for students in a quality bilingual program to become academically proficient in English. Language acquisition is not a linear process; it is cyclical and recursive. Learners acquire best when they create, discover and construct their own meanings. Language is a means not an end, and when learners are interested in a topic, they will be motivated to acquire language to communicate. Semantic fluency precedes grammatical accuracy and errors are a natural part of language learning. Learners develop fluency in English by using English to communicate for a variety of purposes. Reading is essential for developing academic English skills. Steve Darn


CLIL Principles 


Progression in knowledge, skills and understanding related to specific elements of a defined curriculum. 


Using language to learn - whilst learning to use language. 


Developing thinking skills which link concept formation, understanding and language 


Exposure to alternative perspectives and shared understandings. Steve Darn


Further Information The CLIL Compendium  Euroclic  Translanguage in Europe  UK National Centre for languages  NILE  FACT 

Steve Darn


The CLIL in Catalunya  

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The CLIL in Catalunya  

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