“CLIL Activities” is written by Liz Dale and Rosie Tanner and published under the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers series by Cambridge University Press. If you have taught young learners, you have probably heard a buzz word ‘CLIL’ bounding the teachers’ room. However, what is ‘CLIL’ and what does it actually mean? It is defined as Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and the European Commission defines it as the “teaching a curricular subject through the medium of a language other than that normally used”. Here you can see the relationship between language learning through education and young learners. However, one should question whether there is a place for CLIL in an adult language learning setting. Nevertheless, “CLIL Activities” is intended for subject teachers who teach their subjects through English, language educators working within a bilingual context, or those that are training to become subject teachers or language educators in a bilingual context (p.1). The book is just over 280 pages and split into three sections. Part 1 (Background to CLIL) includes a comprehensive background to CLIL, Part 2 (Subject pages) focuses on subject matter with CLIL and Part 3 (Practical activities), which offers practical activities, is split into six chapters which include the following: Activating, Guiding understanding, Focus on language, Focus on speaking, Focus on writing, and Assessment, review and feedback. The book attempts to consider the benefits of a ‘multi-faceted’ approach with the teaching of CLIL. These benefits are also echoed on the European Commission’s website which are illustrated below.
|European Commission: CLIL’s Benefits (2012)|
Part 1: Background to CLIL
Part 2: Subject pages
Part 3: Practical activities