First steps in applying CLIL: learning Geography through English and English through Geography C ontent and L anguage I ntegrated L earning “ Travelling through our Solar System” by Suzana Drampa and my 27 6 th - grade students of the 25 th Primary School
English used for the learning and teaching of both content and language itself
Not another method of language learning but an integrated model which involves the learner to use and develop language of learning, language for learning and language through learning (language in the centre of the curriculum)
It is rather a Holistic approach to language learning
Vocabulary acquisition - Adjectives(listing adjectives connected to the topic/ adjective maze/domino cards game/ telequiz with opposite adjectives ( Grammar exercise )
Presenting Power Point projection about our solar system containing their information (memory game asking questions)
Hand out leaflets for each planet to different groups. They have to guess the planets, fill the gaps with ordinals and positive, comparative or superlative adjectives, listen to the texts and fill the gaps, watch the video a second time to correct their mistakes.
There was motivation, participation even by students who were either indifferent or had low self-esteem before, language awareness, healthy competition in games and certainly less noise.
They liked some activities but found others not so interesting.
90% answered that they liked learning about our solar system in English, they would like to try it again with another unit, they remembered most of the information they had “collected” and they preferred this kind of “homework” instead of just memorizing.
All materials have to be prepared by teacher and students
Use of Greek (not discouraged)
Difficult level of language(mixed-level classes)
Still limited attention span by some students who have difficulty in comprehension and communication
Production of oral and written discourse depended on their lexical level
Time-consuming for teacher regarding preparation and planning
Have all students actually learnt about our solar system what they would have learnt in their mother language? What are they going to remember in the future? Is CLIL a method of teaching a subject or just another method of teaching English?
Did it worth the effort? It certainly did! Thank you for your attention