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Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and bilingual education are increasingly popular across Europe. The ECML supports CLIL teachers and teacher trainers not only to take account of and strengthen the language component in subject learning but to focus on the development of cognitive and academic literacies.

Resources of the ECML


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CLIL Matrix

The CLIL project provides a series of indicators for teachers in a CLIL context to assess their teaching, together with examples of good practice to help them improve. The indicators cover the four aspects of culture, communication, cognition and community, each from the 4 key concepts – content, language, integration and learning. There is also further information about CLIL.

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CONBAT – Plurilingualism and pluriculturalism in content-based teaching: A training kit

Educational institutions increasingly face the challenge of accommodating learners from a wide range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds in their classrooms. The training kit presents an innovative way of managing diversity in the classroom by combining plurilingual and pluricultural approaches with content-based instruction. The reader will discover how content-based and plurilingual activities can be linked to several subjects of the curriculum.

Available in English and French.

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CLIL-LOTE-START ‒ Content and Language Integrated Learning for Languages other than English

The publication provides insights into different forms and ways of putting into practice content and language integrated learning (CLIL) in primary and secondary education, pre- and in-service teacher education, as well as in the field of research and school development. It promotes the CLIL approach to a wider target public, beyond the area of specialists.

Available in English and German.

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EPLC ‒ Content-based teaching for young learners

Inhaltsorientiertes Fremdsprachenlernen in der Grundschule heißt, die Fremdsprache nutzen, um sich Zugang zu Sachwissen und Sachinformationen zu verschaffen. Dieser Ansatz soll dazu beitragen, das Wissen aus den verschiedenen Disziplinen miteinander zu vernetzen und schließlich zu einem besseren Verständnis der uns umgebenden Welt führen. Die Publikation bietet dazu fächerübergreifende Module an, die universelle und zeitlose Themen behandeln und die einen speziellen kulturellen Bezug zum jeweiligen Zielsprachenland haben. Die Module enthalten die Beschreibung der Unterrichtsaktivitäten, Dokumente für die Lehrkräfte und Material für die Schülerinnen und Schüler. Alle Materialien können von der Internetseite heruntergeladen werden.

Available in French and German.

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CLIL-LOTE-GO – Enseigner une discipline dans une autre langue: Methodologie et pratiques professionnelles

La théorie et la pratique de l’enseignement d’une matière par l’intégration d’une langue étrangère (EMILE, également appelé « formation bilingue ») sont présentées et complétées par des exemples tirés à la fois des classes de langues et des classes dematières. Il s’agit d’un manuel de formation pour l'enseignement des disciplines non linguistiques en langues française et allemande s'adressant à la formation initiale et continue. La publication est parue dans sa version française aux éditions Peter Lang et peut être acheté sur le site web de l’éditeur. Une version allemande paraîtra en 2012

Available in French.

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CLIL-CD – European Framework for CLIL Teacher Education

The European Framework for CLILTeacher Education provides a set of principles and ideas for designing curricula for professional teacher development in the area of content and language integrated learning (CLIL). Additionally, the framework serves as a tool for reflection.

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A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning

A pluriliteracies approach builds on CLIL approaches to help learners become better meaning-makers, who can draw on content knowledge to communicate successfully across languages, disciplines and cultures. In this way it promotes deep learning and helps develop responsible, global citizens.

Available in English and German (German coming soon)

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Language skills for successful subject learning. CEFR-linked descriptors for mathematics and history/civics (Language Descriptors)
These resources highlight challenges for young learners in subject classes where the language of instruction is not their first language. The focus is on minimum language standards in history/civics and mathematics for learners aged 12/13 and 15/16. The language descriptors are linked to CEFR levels A2, B1 and B2 and available in six languages.

Available in English and French

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