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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.

Introduction

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) plays an increasingly important role in language education, both as a feature of foreign language teaching and learning, and as an element of bilingual and plurilingual education. As learners develop their language competences, they are able to deal with evermore complex topics, so teaching material needs to offer learners interesting and challenging subject matter. One way to do this is through CLIL where language and subject teachers work together; language teachers acquire subject knowledge and subject teachers acquire expertise in combining language development with teaching the content effectively. Recent developments in CLIL have focused more specifically on academic literacies as well as on the use of CLIL approaches in the teaching of the language of schooling/majority language.

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How the ECML's work contributes to the development of CLIL 

A series of ECML publications and projects are devoted to CLIL. These include Curriculum development for Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL CD) and its publication The European Framework for CLIL Teacher Education, Content and language integrated learning through languages other than English (CLIL Start) and for their further development, CLIL Go, where the methodological skills needed by CLIL teachers are described and illustrated, and where there is a more theoretical approach to CLIL teaching. A further project, A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning, links plurilingual approaches and the development of literacy. Much of the literature on CLIL concerns the teaching of subjects in English, which is the most common language used in CLIL teaching. However, the CLIL Start and CLIL Go projects focus on CLIL with other languages, especially with French and German.

In addition to these featured publication on CLIL, the ECML has a wide range of CLIL resources for teachers and teacher trainers working in different sectors and in different languages. And our website will take you to the relevant policy documents produced by the Language Policy Unit which complement ECML practical outputs, as well as to relevant EU resources.

CLIL and other thematic areas

Implementing CLIL may be one element of more general language policies adopted by schools. Various projects carried out in the thematic area Languages of schooling consider the role of CLIL in whole-school language policies. Also, since the content focus of CLIL teaching is often professionally orientated, Migrant education and employment (to be linked shortly) projects may show similarities in methodological approaches to CLIL.

Featured resources

A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning (PLURILITERACIES)

 

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Language skills for successful subject learning. CEFR-linked descriptors for mathematics and history/civics (Language Descriptors)

 

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The European Framework for CLIL Teacher Education (CLIL-CD)

 

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Current project

Developing language awareness in subject classes 
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Events


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Jan 2019 A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning
ECML training and consultancy for member States
Venue: University of Leoben, Austria
Dates to be confirmed
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News items

14.03.2018
ECML project on “Developing language awareness in subject classes”: invitation for subject teachers

12.01.2018
Developing language awareness in subject classes: overview 2017

20.12.2017
Project workshop "Developing language awareness in subject classes" (Graz, Austria, 16-17 November 2017): workshop report