How do we understand CLIL?

The basis of CLIL is that content subjects are taught and learnt in a language which is not the mother tongue of the learners.
  • Knowledge of the language becomes the means of learning content
  • Language is integrated into the broad curriculum
  • Learning is improved through increased motivation and the study of natural language seen in context. When learners are interested in a topic they are motivated to acquire language to communicate 

  • CLIL is based on language acquisition rather than enforced learning
  • Language is seen in real-life situations in which students can acquire the language. This is natural language development which builds on other forms of learning
  • CLIL is long-term learning
  • Fluency is more important than accuracy and errors are a natural part of language learning. Learners develop fluency in English by using English to communicate for a variety of purposes