Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is a method increasingly being used at all stages of formal education, from nursery school through primary and secondary school to tertiary level.
When putting into practice CLIL methodology, subjects on the curriculum are taught using a language different from the mother tongue of the majority of the learners. Apart from addressing the subject content, students will also be able to improve their foreign language skills. According to the European Unon directive (The European Framework for CLIL Teacher Education):
“CLIL is a dual-focused educational approach in which an additional language is used for the learning and teaching of content and language with the objective of promoting both content and language mastery to predefined levels” (Maljers, Marsh, Wolff, Genesee, Frigols-Martín, Mehisto, 2010).”
In this way, both linguistic and curricular content are combined in the CLIL classroom through the use of the target language as a lingua franca as well as the mother tongues of the students. In areas where bilingualism is common or in areas where several different languages co-occur, the EU has been centring its attention on maintaining a balance between the different languages in contact in adherence to the European Charter for regional or minority languages. This is the case of the Valencian region of Spain where several decrees have been passed to promote multilingualism. The main focus of this international seminar involves looking at the challenges facing the development and delivery of CLIL in an area where two languages already officially co-exist.
In this context, the Ist. International Seminar CLIL: Present and Future Developments in Multilingual Environments will be held in the Gandia Campus of the Universitat Politècnica de València on 19 June 2017.
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