Two sides of Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).

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Table of Contents 2

Introduction 3

"Two sides of Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)" 4

CLIL: On the bright side 4

CLIL: On the negative side 5

CLIL: Author's opinion 7

Conclusions 8

References 9

Electronic References 9


In 1994, a new approach similar to total immersion and content-based instruction was created by David Marsh and Anne Maljers, under the name of CLIL (Content Language Integrated Learning). As almost everything in life, this term has its supporters and detractors as some people believe that it is an excellent system for acquiring a second language, while others believe that it is a utopic and unreal idea. Much time has been spent and much ink has been used while discussing this opposite points of view, yet it seems that there is no agreement, and this topic needs further discussion.

This is the reason of what in the following pages an essay called "Two sides of Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)" will take place. The aim of this paper it is to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of CLIL, under an investigative view whereas supporting the statements with information taken from texts and papers written by specialized authors and investigators who have discussed this tendency to great extent. After explaining the positive and negative side of CLIL, an opinion from this essay's author can be found, regarding how successful CLIL can be in different contexts, especially in hers. Finally, some conclusions are available for the reader in order to give to the discussion a rather subjective closure.

Two sides of Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

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CLIL: On the bright...