CLIL Content and Language Integrated Learning
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?
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’
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.
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
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 www.clilcompendium.com Euroclic www.euroclic.net Translanguage in Europe www.tieclil.org UK National Centre for languages www.cilt.org.uk NILE www.nile-elt.com FACT www.factworld.info/uk
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