Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is a competence-based teaching approach that is gaining ground in European education systems. The idea is to teach both the subject and the language, and is captured in the phrase "using language to learn, learning to use language.". CLIL encourages the use of curricula which promote the right interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity and communication and language abilities which are in demand by today’s employers. CLIL is fundamentally based on methodological principles established by research on "language immersion".
There are many ways of describing the characteristics attributed to CLIL.
You may already be following and using many of its principles.
Learners’ Advantages of adopting a CLIL approach include:
Teachers’ Advantages of adopting a CLIL approach include:
European Framework for CLIL Teacher Education
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) has emerged as a major innovation for improving both the quality of language learning and reform of educational curricula. As the professional competence of teachers must be based on student needs, CLIL curricula, whether designed for teacher training or for classroom teaching and learning, should be complementary.
Adaptable curricular models, suitable for both foreign language and content teachers are based on a set of defined target professional competences.
"CLIL can provide effective opportunities for pupils to use their new language skills now, rather than learn them now for use later.
It opens doors on languages for a broader range of learners, nurturing self-confidence in young learners and those who have not responded well to formal language instruction in general education.
It provides exposure to the language without requiring extra time in the curriculum, which can be of particular interest in vocational settings."
Jasone Cenoz, Towards Multilingual Education
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