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Helpful CLIL links

One Stop English

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) from the Council of Europe

ECLIL European project building CLIL resources for language learning

Professor Coyle's CLIL link


What is CLIL?

Content and Language Integrated Learning, or CLIL, is where a subject is taught in the target language rather than the first language of the learners. In CLIL classes, tasks are designed to allow students to focus on and learn to use the new language as they learn the new subject content.

In a bilingual English/Spanish school, after a certain age half of the subjects, including maths and sciences, are taught in English.

In the classroom
CLIL materials are often characterised by lots of visual support for meaning, to allow low language level students to access high level content. The materials allow the students to focus on the language they need to learn about that particular subject in English. The choice of language focussed on is determined by the demands of the subject.

 Definition from British Council BBC Teaching English


How to bring CLIL into your classroom

International CLIL Research Journal

The International CLIL Research Journal (ICRJ) is an electronic peer-reveiwed journal for researchers working on Content and Language Integrated Learning(CLIL) topics.

Links to full text articles from the International CLIL Research Journal

The current issue is from 2013. The archives have issues from 2008 -2012.

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