In light of the work and writing I do covering a variety of
different fields in the general area of education, here are my basic
beliefs on Content and Language Integrated
CLIL at present typically involves language learning being
somewhat awkwardly tagged on the normal teaching of subjects, often in
The obvious problem with this is that nobody really improves
language skills by listening to a teacher talk on a topic. This
that the language learning element is inevitably half-hearted and
People learn a lot of other, very important, things by listening
to a teacher talk on a topic.
Ergo, a good CLIL teacher should combine explicit teaching with
creating opportunities for student talk. In order for CLIL to be a
viable form of SLA pedagogy, the heavier emphasis has to be on the
The best way to do this is to integrate CLIL with Task-Based
Learning. This makes it unmistakably student-centred.
This presents a challenging but inspiring task for teachers to
create both intellectually and emotionally compelling materials that
combine knowledge with linguistic skill development.
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