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Bilingual education isn’t just for bilingual communities. Research shows that learning a second language has benefits for everyone and, schools all over the world are looking for ways to bring these benefits into their classrooms. One growing teaching trend today is CLIL methodology. 

CLIL stands for “Content and Language Integrates Learning”. This means studying another subject (for example, science, history, or literature) and learning a language, such as English, at the same time — integrating the two subjects. The definition is broad because the integration can happen in many different ways.

Professor Coyle, together with education researcher and author Dr. Marsh Both came up with the term CLIL in the mid-1990s, at a time when governments, schools, and individuals were all starting to realize the importance of knowing more than one language. The movement was especially strong in Europe, and it’s growing around the world in response to globalization. They explain:

“There isn’t just one model. … It can be a theme. It can be principles. You can spend a lot of time on this or a short time on this. But the fundamental principle of CLIL is that there is an integration between using language to learn and learning to use language through the development of content.” 

However, a successful CLIL program depends on the cooperation between language teachers and content teachers. Each is an expert in his or her own field, so they need to share both their respective principles and information.

Author: Catherine Perri – JUMP Trainer