CLIL: An interview with Professor David Marsh David Marsh is a leading expert in CLIL. Following David’s presentation at the 2008 Directors’ Conference on ‘The impact of CLIL in Europe’, I contacted him to find out more. Ed: What is CLIL? Does it cover a single educational approach or many? DM: Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is an educational approach where some content learning (like a topic on global climate, or a subject) is taught in an additional language (such as English language in Korea). Ed: What are the aims of CLIL? DM: The aims depend on the model used. These can be seen at www.clilcompendium.com Ed: What are the main advantages of CLIL? DM: Positive attitude changes in learners towards learning a language, and towards themselves as language learners. Ed: Does CLIL make bilingualism in mainstream education a realistic and achievable aim? DM: Yes, and trilingualism in some very special environments such as in Spain. Ed: What is the role of the students’ first language in the CLIL classroom?
Teaching materials: using literature in the EFL/ ESL classroom By Lindsay Clandfield An article discussing ways to use literature in the EFL/ESL classroom. Literature has been a subject of study in many countries at a secondary or tertiary level, but until recently has not been given much emphasis in the EFL/ESL classroom. It has only been since the 1980s that this area has attracted more interest among EFL teachers. The purpose of this article is to look at some of the issues and ways in which literature can be exploited in the classroom. There are also links to classroom activities and lessons with literature that you can download and use straight away. What is literature? literature / noun 1. stories, poems, and plays, especially those that are considered to have value as art and not just entertainment (c) Macmillan Publishers Ltd. 2003 Many authors, critics and linguists have puzzled over what literature is. Before doing any study of a literary text with your learners, one idea would be to ask them what they think literature is. Stage one: warmer
The 4 C’s model – Do Coyle | CLILingmesoftly The lighter version CLIL is complex and context-sensitive.There are general parameters for CLIL.These are: Cognition, Culture, Content, Communication.Any particular CLIL model or methodology needs to consider the relative value/importance of the parameters above.Language as a learning tool operates in three ways: OF – FOR – THROUGH The 4Cs Framework Coyle, D. (2008). CLIL – a pedagogical approach. In N. Working towards a cohesive conceptual tool, and inﬂuenced by the early work of Mohan and his Knowledge Framework (1986), Coyle (1999) developed the 4Cs Framework (Figure 1). 1. The language triptych Like this: Like Loading... What is CLIL? Defining CLIL Content and Language Integrated Learning is an umbrella term which encompasses any activity in which a foreign language is used as a tool in the learning of a nonlanguage subject, where both language and subject have a joint role (Marsh 2002:58).The adoption of a specific term was a move towards defining more clearly the nature of CLIL midst a plethora of related approaches such as content-based instruction, immersion, bilingual education and so on. Whilst CLIL shares certain aspects of learning and teaching with these, in essence it operates along a continuum of the foreign language and the non-language content without specifying the importance of one over another. In the CLIL Compendium there are 5 dimensions based on issues relating to culture, environment, language content and learning. CLIL Dimensions and Focuses 1. A. 2. A. 3. A. 4. A. 5. A. Derived: Marsh & Langé, Using Languages to Learn and Learning to Use Languages. Low - about 5-15% of teaching time
British History Timeline Audio Audio Books for Digital Learners Radio is the most intimate and socially personal medium in the world. – Harry von Zell One of the safest ways to integrate technology is to get students to record their thoughts, ideas, or learning with web tools and mobile apps. Students can create podcasts, host radio shows, broadcast the news, make a radio drama, post reviews, add sports commentary, deliver announcements, animate a pet or object, and much more! Students can create audio projects for any subject, such as math, science, history, and literature. Tips Begin by getting students to evaluate and analyze podcasts and broadcasts. Bookmarks
John Benjamins Publishing Company Christiane Dalton-Puffer University of Vienna Hardbound – Available Paperback – Available The label CLIL stands for classrooms where a foreign language (English) is used as a medium of instruction in content subjects. Publishing status: Available Article: Planning CLIL lessons By John Clegg To overcome the language barrier, CLIL teachers need to plan their lessons to include language support as well as content teaching. John Clegg explores the strategies that can be applied. Teaching in L1 If you teach a subject in the first language (L1) of your learners – or in a language in which they are fluent – there are some things which you normally feel you can count on. a) Basic language ability Most teachers feel they can count on their learners being able to use the language of learning; in other words that they can talk without struggling with vocabulary and syntax; that they can listen with reasonable understanding to people talking at some length about a topic; and that can read and write at least at a minimally skilled level. If you teach your subject in a second language (L2), you know that you normally can’t count on these things. b) Academic language proficiency The truth is that schools don’t often teach these skills explicitly. Teaching in L2
Article: Skills for CLIL In this article John Clegg outlines the language and learning skills which a learner learning a subject through the medium of English as a second language (L2) requires. 1. Introduction What I want to do in this article is outline the language and learning skills which a learner learning a subject through the medium of English as a second language (L2) will need. 2. Learners working in a L2 need three kinds of language and learning skills: basic L2 skills, academic L2 skills and metacognitive skills for learning a subject in L2. 2.1 Basic language skills Learners learning in a L2 obviously need to possess basic language skills. 2.2 Academic language skills But learners of subjects in L2 have to do things with the language which conventional foreign language learners don't have to do. Listening Take listening. Reading Let's turn to reading. Writing Talking Finally they have to talk. 2.3 The language of subjects 2.4 Metacognitive skills 3. 4. 5. John Clegg, October 2009
Hello! World L’American Museum of Natural History è tra i maggiori musei di storia naturale del mondo. Precisamente, si trova a New York, nel cuore del quartiere di Manhattan. Se ancora non hai avuto l’occasione di visitarlo, forse ti sarà già capitato di “vederlo” almeno in un film della trilogia di “Una notte al Museo,” in cui Ben Stiller, che interpreta un guardiano, si ritrova alle prese con le varie attrazioni che prendono vita, tra cui un gigantesco scheletro di Tirannosauro e la statua di cera di Theodore Roosevelt. Oltre al fatto di essere fonte d’ispirazione per il cinema, il Museum of Natural History possiede anche un ottimo canale YouTube in cui ciclicamente vengono pubblicati dei video culturali. Per esempio, solo per citarne alcuni, potresti guardare il mini documentario sulla “mummificazione dei coccodrilli” o i vari episodi in cui viene illustrata l’origine di diversi reperti archeologici. Il video è stato scritto e prodotto da AMNH/L. Immagine via Flickr
Comics Comics "First it was the fascinating comic book art that caught my attention, ... Later, I began to read the stories, then the art and the stories came together, and it was magic." - Bill Phillip Comics can be powerful learning tools. The mix of art, dialogue, character expressions, and frames engages learners and is brain-friendly. Comics break down a story’s plot and text into bite-sized chunks. Ideas and Resources Learn with ComicsKidTown Comics- Comics for education and STEM.Word Origins– Learn about different phrases and idioms with this comic.HowToons– Instructional comics for learning. ActivitiesGet learners to create their own comics! Comic CreatorsMake Beliefs Comix– Web site to create comics and an iPad app. Bookmarks