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Case Study On CLIL

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1.1 What is CLIL?
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is a dual-focused educational approach in which an additional language is used for the learning and teaching of both content and language. That is, in the teaching and learning process, there is a focus not only on content, and not only on language. Each is interwoven, even if the emphasis is greater on one or the other at a given time. CLIL is not a new form of language education. It is not a new form of subject education. It is an innovative fusion of both. CLIL is closely related to and shares some elements of a range of educational practices. Some of these practices – such as bilingual education and immersion – have been in operation for decades in specific countries
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The recent growing interest in CLIL can be understood by examining best practice in education which suits the demands of the present day. Globalization and the forces of economic and social convergence have had a significant impact on who learns which language, at what stage in their development, and in which way. The driving forces for language learning differ according to country and region, but they share the objective of wanting to achieve the best possible results in the shortest time. This need has often dovetailed with the need to adapt content-teaching methodologies so as to raise overall levels of proficiency, particularly since the introduction of global comparative measures ranking individual countries through the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) of the
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
This need to be more adaptable and effective has led to attention being given back to cognitive processing and how learning successfully occurs. Discussion started in earnest in the 1950s with the advent of what was termed the ‘cognitive revolution’
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