CLIL

What is different is that the language teacher is also
the subject teacher.

Content and Language Integrated Learning

Content and language are explored in a CLIL lesson. From a language point of view the CLIL approach, aims to guide language processing and support language production by teaching strategies for reading and listening and structures for spoken or written language. What is different is that the language teacher is also the subject teacher.

A CLIL lesson is a subject lesson transmitted in a foreign language. According to the 4Cs curriculum (Coyle 1999), a successful CLIL lesson should combine elements of the following:

  • Content – Progression in knowledge, skills and understanding related to specific elements of a defined curriculum
  • Communication– Using language to learn whilst learning to use language
  • Cognition– Developing thinking skills which link concept formation (abstract and concrete), understanding and language
  • Culture– Exposure to alternative perspectives and shared understandings, which deepen awareness of otherness and self.

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