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Clil Essay

  • Submitted by: tushita
  • on December 3, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 762 words

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In such a globalized world as the one we are living in, where English is the most used language for businesses and to find a good job, we need to increase the job opportunities of our youngsters. In order to reach this, it is important to achieve a good level of English. Thus English has turned from an object of study to a core study (Graddol, 2006). If we want to reach a major linguistic achievement, it is obvious that we need to increase the time exposure of the students to the language, but only using the subject of English as a foreign language. Besides, from my point of view, language teaching and the content of that language teaching, since early ages to tertiary education, does not change in our education system. This would be a reason why our students suffer from lack of motivation and why the level of English in Spain is so low. As David Graddol pointed out „if you start learning English at the age of 6, by the age of 16 you really need to have something different being taught in English. That is the main reason for shifting into language content development.‟

This idea of the content linked to the one of the increasing time exposure to English has made to introduce content subjects being taught in English, thus creating CLIL. The problem in traditional language teaching, as we have seen, lies in the content. These language methods have “content disposable” that is, the content is used to explain language issues. What CLIL claims is that the content has to be looked in the syllabus. So far so good. However, who is going to teach that content in the target language? Language teachers do not have the competence to teach content subject accurately, same as content teachers do not have the linguistic competence to explain the language, as well as, the content. When taking into consideration this politics of language teaching by LAC which states that ‘All teachers are language teachers’, we may have the following problem that Swain...

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