My boyfriend is the kind of guy who comes home laden with toilet rolls or tuna fish because it was on offer. The famous slogan “Two for One” never fails with him. Tomorrow is my first day at a new secondary school and I’m going to be doing of a bit of “TEFL Two for One” namely CLIL. For those of you who may not know, CLIL stands for Content and language Integrated Learning. It’s a mouthful true, basically it means teaching a subject or part of a subject in a foreign language. At this point you may be wondering WHY? and that’s a good question. In theory it’s supposed to be a way of improving students’ competence in English without giving more timetable time to English. So we take an hour of maths and teach it English. I guess it’s like robbing Peter to pay Paul so to speak.
I like a challenge so I’m looking forward to maths, biology, music and technology in English. I’ve been studying musical notes and I can just about tell you what a staff, a whole note and a rest are, but although I’m enthusiastic I can’t help wondering if the aim is to improve students' English, is this the best way?
The jury is out on CLIL, only time will tell ,but until then I’m going to do my maths homework before class.
Are you CLILing? Or is it CLILing you?