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