Thursday 15:30, Room 2
Young Learners’ L2 Competence in CLIL and EFL Settings: Is CLIL Effective? University of Vic Young language learners have received more attention recently due to a global trend of bringing forward the starting age for foreign language learning at school (Rixon 2000; Nikolov, 2009; Hasselgreen et al, 2012). In some schools, this trend has coincided with the emergence of CLIL programmes at primary level in the belief that by combining EFL and CLIL, the L2 competence of the learners would improve. In spite of the enthusiasm generated by CLIL in primary schools, very little finelygrained research has been undertaken in order to demonstrate its efficiency in improving the learners’ overall proficiency. This study aims at determining the extent to which CLIL may affect the listening, reading and writing abilities of YL exposed to Natural Science in English. The results obtained by 5th primary graders exposed only to EFL classes (control group) will be compared to those obtained by 5th graders exposed to exactly the same number of hours of English (EFL and CLIL hours combined) to determine their progress in the target language at different time periods (T1,T2,T3) over two school years. For the results to be reliable, several variables have been taken into account for statistical data analysis, including the number of hours of school exposure to English up to 5th grade and the participants’ extracurricular exposure to the target language. Results for T1 suggest very little differences between EFL and CLIL groups which are mainly attributed to very limited CLIL time instruction. Results at times T2 and T3 show an overall improvement in the areas of Fluency and Lexical Complexity when comparing CLIL and non-CLIL groups, keeping the amount of English instruction constant. References Hasselgreen, A; Drew, I; Sorheim, Bjorn. (2012) The Young Language Learner. Bergen: Fakbokforlaget. Nikolov, M. (2009) Early Learning of Modern Foreign Languages: processes and outcomes. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. Rixon, S. (2000). Worldwide Survey of primary ELT. London: British Council.
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