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    European Framework for CLIL Teacher Education

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.
The publication offers a teacher training curriculum for CLIL that may be linked to learners' curricula. Adaptable curricular models, suitable for both foreign language and content teachers are based on a set of defined target professional competences, e.g.: “ClIL teachers are able to articulate and discuss CLIL with school’s internal and external stakeholders”.
The publication is proposed as a conceptual lens and model, not as a prescriptive template.

Who is it for?

  • Teachers and teacher educators
  • Curriculum developers
  • National/regional education administrators
  • Textbook authors and publishers
  • Certification authorities

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Project team

Maria Jesús Frigols-Martin (Coordinator)
Consellería de Educación de la Generalitat Valenciana

Dieter Wolff
Bergische Universität Wuppertal

Peeter Mehisto

David Marsh
University of Jyväskylä



These are the results from a project of the European Centre for Modern Languages within its "Empowering Language Professionals" programme 2008-2011.

Read more about the project

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