CLIL Methodology and practice in the Modern day classroom
CLIL stands for Content and Language Integrated Learning. It refers to teaching subjects such as science, history and geography to students through a foreign language. This can be by the English teacher using cross-curricular content or the subject teacher using English as the language of instruction. Both methods result in the simultaneous learning of content and English and its success as a tool for helping students to become Bilingual or Proficient in English, as well as their competency in the subject that it is being used to teach with has been outstanding, leaving other, more traditional approaches to language learning, well behind.
Exhaustive studies have shown that pupils who are taught using CLIL, not only improve their English Language skills dramatically but also their communicative ability in their own language. In addition to this, CLIL helps young people to become more culturally aware and open to the different points of view that other cultures pose. In short, this methodology, when used correctly, can help young people to become much more rounded individuals.
Content and Language Integrated Learning is widely considered to be the best way forward in the future of language teaching, however teachers are often thrown into the deep end and not given the proper tools to make the transition.
BLA’s CLIL course is designed to support teachers, giving them a solid basis in the Methodology behind CLIL, together with lots of practical ideas and materials to take back with them to their classrooms. The course also includes sessions that cater to the particular needs of teachers of different subjects, such as Maths, Sciences, Business Studies, History, Geography and Physical Education and also gives teachers the opportunity to brush up on their own English Language skills.