CLIL (Content Language Integrated Learning) A controversial deﬁnition.“CLIL refers to situations where subjects, or parts of subjects, aretaught through a foreign language with dual-focused aims, namelythe learning of content, and the simultaneous learning of a foreignlanguage.” (Marsh, 2002)
Very signiﬁcant level of positive scores on the CLILstudents’ tests and performances (Ball & Lindsay,2010; Lorenzo et. al, 2009)Moot points such us the inﬂuence of time of exposureor the starting level of FL of students enrolling CLILprogrammes (Burton, 2010)
CLIL is nowadays considered a revolutionary learner-centered approach that enhances the student’smotivation (Marsh, 2002; Coyle, 2008; Ting, 2010)But how can the practicioners (teachers) contribute tothe originality of the material design in order toachieve L2 student’s motivation within the CLIL frame?
Computer Assited Language Learning (CALL) seemsto share pedagogical roots and implications with CLIL(Fernández Fontecha, 2007) which indicates thepossibility of applying this two methodologies togetherto stretch their beneﬁts through the use of activitiesthat promote collaborative learning. We are not talkingabout the student using the computer in just onedirectional learning affair, (Dooly, 2008) rather computer student
Using the network as a tool that connects studentsfrom different countries cutting geographicaldistances.
ETwinning is the Community for schools in Europe.Teachers from all participating European countries canregister and use the eTwinning online tools.FreeMind Mapping = A free software that helpsstudents creating collaborative stories, connectingideas and if desired, presenting them in public.
One of the proposed Marsh, Maljers & Hartialasdimensions for the implementation of CLIL (as citedin Ruiz de Zarobe, 2010) is the “culture dimension”.This concept explores the building of interculturalknowledge and understanding.
POSSIBLE RESEARCH QUESTIONSMOTIVATIONDoes the collaborative story project increases motivation in theCLIL classroom? (Questionnaires)INTERCULTURAL AWARENESSDo CLIL students’s reﬂection on cultural aspects beneﬁt fromthis exercise?LANGUAGE COMPETENCES & USEDo students spoken discourse beneﬁt from this activity?(Measure= Fluency)
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