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WHAT IS CLIL?
CLIL stands for Content and Language Integrated Learning. It is an approach concerning
languages or intercultural knowledge and understanding (Marsh, 2002); it is a meaning-
focused learning method (Van de Craen, 2006) and an “umbrella” term used to talk about
bilingual education situations (Gajo, 2007).
According to TKT CLIL handbook (The TKT Course, CLIL module, Kay Bentley, CUP
2010) CLIL is an evolving educational approach to teaching and learning where subjects are
taught through the medium of a non-native language.
To me, this last definition is the most descriptive one and the one the best approaches what
most of us understand by CLIL.
It is increasingly important in our global, technological society, where knowledge of another
language helps learners to develop skills which will be able to communicate to people around
It is a completely different learning experience compared with most foreign language teaching
because content and language are taught together.
A language teacher has the challenge to learn more about subject content and subject teachers
need to learn about the language needed for their subjects.
It can be taught to very young learners, teenagers, adults, and also in vocational or academic
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