An Introduction to Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) for Teachers and Teacher Educators

Cristina Escobar Urmeneta


This paper provides a presentation to Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) aimed at any reader who needs a basic understanding of this approach, be they teachers, teacher educators or education stakeholders in general. The article contextualises CLIL within the European Union (EU) policy intended to promote effective plurilingualism for all, offers a rationale for  CLIL and warns policy makers and practitioners of certain practices commonly observed in CLIL settings that may undermine its effectiveness.  


CLIL; Classroom Interaction; Democratic CLIL; Dual-focused Instruction; Language Policy; Plurilingual Education; Teacher Education.

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