What is CLIL?

CLIL stands for Content and Language Integrated Learning. In effect, it is a type of Immersion into the Language, also known as Bi-lingual Education. CLIL integrates 2 subject areas – Humanities and/or RELIGIOUS EDUCATION with the foreign language.

Who can study CLIL?

At Penola, we offer this opportunity to students going into year 8 who are achieving at least a B+ average in Year 7 Japanese or French, and to students entering year 9 who are achieving at least a B+ average in Italian.

Why study using the CLIL Methodology and what does it entail?

The 21st century requires skills and knowledge of Australian students that allow them to participate in working towards global solutions for global challenges. Programs such as CLIL are amongst the most promising designs to achieve global competencies.

CLIL programs provide additional exposure to the skills needed to learn to decipher, read and write in a foreign language. CLIL programs are designed to enhance meaningfulness of the content that underpins the school’s languages program, in relation to the broader curriculum. The results of CLIL undeniably facilitate the development of new communicative skills while learning new content, understanding and knowledge. This therefore creates opportunities for authentic and purposeful meaning through the target language.

Students are allocated 3 periods per week for the foreign language and 3 periods per week for each CLIL subject. In effect, they receive more periods per week of instruction in the language than the average student which therefore enables them to be extended and to accelerate as they more further up the school. The content is the same as for the Mainstream students, except that it is delivered and assessed in the foreign language. Because students are studying Humanities/R.E. in a foreign language, the language itself is not seen as isolated, but rather as a useful tool.

This methodology has already proven to be successful in Italian where students have had the option for CLIL for a number of years.

How does it work?

Students learn the vocabulary and structures related to their Humanities/R.E. units and do not follow the whole Mainstream Language course. Rather, they are extended by being taught the language and structures relevant to their studies, as well as relevant conversational structures in the language.

Example: CLIL students study the past tense earlier than Mainstream students as they need it to be able to speak about history. Vocabulary is also relevant to these studies.

In addition, classes may be smaller than Mainstream classes and may have the support of a native-speaking teacher and Language Assistant in the classroom.

What are the benefits?

  • Improved skills – Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
  • Students who complete CLIL may accelerate to VCE Units 1 & 2 in year 10, and 3 & 4 in year 11, thereby allowing for an Accelerated subject.
  • Year 10 Italian students who travelled overseas recently returned saying that they were able to easily function in Italian, to the extent of being able to converse with Italians on the street.

What the students say: