What’s so great about CLIL?

CLIL stands for the Content and Language Integrated Learning approach to teaching/learning two or more languages. The overarching thrust of CLIL is dual-focused – learning new content while learning a new language. Integration is therefore at the core of this approach. There is integration of content, integration of language, integration of skills, and of course, integration of teaching/learning styles. Below is a glimpse into the main principles that underscore the CLIL approach.

Content and Language Integration – CLIL aims to integrate the teaching of content and language so that students can learn subject content while developing their language skills.

Active Learning – CLIL encourages active learning through tasks and activities that require students to use language in meaningful ways to solve problems, complete tasks, and communicate with others.

Authentic Language – CLIL aims to provide students with opportunities to use language in authentic and meaningful contexts, similar to those encountered in real-life situations.

Interdisciplinary Learning – CLIL can be applied across different subject areas, allowing students to make connections between different subjects and develop a broader understanding of the world.

Teacher Training – CLIL requires teachers to have specialized training and expertise in both content and language teaching in order to effectively integrate the two.

Assessment – CLIL requires a different approach to assessment, with a focus on assessing both content knowledge and language proficiency.

Overall, the CLIL approach provides a way for students to develop both their language skills and their understanding of subject content while also promoting active and authentic learning.

Check out the following link for more information regarding the CLIL approach. Let me know if you have heard of CLIL or perhaps tried it in your classroom.

Cambridge World of Better Learning

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