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TO CLIL OR NOT TO CLIL

ABSTRACT
The aim of this article is to demonstrate that Content Based Instruction (CBI) of foreign languages is indeed effective and as I will show, it is already fully implemented in Italian Secondary schools and has been practised traditionally for quite a long time, what does need to be modified to make it even more efficient and up to date to meet today’s challenges is, first of all wide-spread awareness that it does actually work and secondly, increased funds to allow students to have the necessary opportunities to have access to the right amount of language exposure and the sufficient time to let it seep in.
The initial discourse about CLIL, more than 15 years ago, still meant to involve foreign language teachers alongside the subject specialist teachers in a team work setting, mainly because it was intended as a means to encourage teachers’ mobility around Europe. Afterwards instead CLIL was conveyed as a teaching practice that totally ruled out any involvement of foreign language teachers and introduced the exclusive presence of subject specialist teachers which is one of the main reasons why I don’t fully agree with this didactic method and I will explain my perplexities. It is especially quite puzzling why the expertise of so many dedicated professionals should be discriminated against and penalised despite their high competence and the excellent results achieved.

Keywords: language exposure, CLIL, CBI, Bilingual Immersion, Foreign Language Teaching

ENGLISH VERB TENSES – TEMPI VERBALI INGLESI

This post can be useful to find on the spot all the English verb tenses including when and how they are used with sample sentences provided on the last column.
Questo post può essere utile per trovare con facilità tutti i tempi verbali della lingua inglese corredati di una colonna con modalità di utilizzo e una per frasi con esempi tipo.

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“Orlando” and “A Room of Ones’ Own”, V. Woolf – A More In-Depth Analysis

Some basic facts In 1918 Parliament in the UK passed a law that granted the right to vote to all men of over 21 and every woman over 30 the … Continue reading “Orlando” and “A Room of Ones’ Own”, V. Woolf – A More In-Depth Analysis

PERCHE’ DICO ASSOLUTAMENTE NO ALLE TELECAMERE NELLE CLASSI SCOLASTICHE

Una questione di principio innanzitutto Innanzitutto la mia è una posizione in difesa di un principio che tento di spiegare qui di seguito. Nel Panopticon di Jeremy Bentham l’illuminista inglese, … Continue reading PERCHE’ DICO ASSOLUTAMENTE NO ALLE TELECAMERE NELLE CLASSI SCOLASTICHE

Excerpt from “Animal Farm”, G. Orwell

Animal Farm (1945) Chapter 1 All the animals were now present except Moses, the tame raven, who slept on a perch behind the back door. When Major saw that they had … Continue reading Excerpt from “Animal Farm”, G. Orwell

TO CLIL OR NOT TO CLIL

ABSTRACT
The aim of this article is to demonstrate that Content Based Instruction (CBI) of foreign languages is indeed effective and as I will show, it is already fully implemented in Italian Secondary schools and has been practised traditionally for quite a long time, what does need to be modified to make it even more efficient and up to date to meet today’s challenges is, first of all wide-spread awareness that it does actually work and secondly, increased funds to allow students to have the necessary opportunities to have access to the right amount of language exposure and the sufficient time to let it seep in.
The initial discourse about CLIL, more than 15 years ago, still meant to involve foreign language teachers alongside the subject specialist teachers in a team work setting, mainly because it was intended as a means to encourage teachers’ mobility around Europe. Afterwards instead CLIL was conveyed as a teaching practice that totally ruled out any involvement of foreign language teachers and introduced the exclusive presence of subject specialist teachers which is one of the main reasons why I don’t fully agree with this didactic method and I will explain my perplexities. It is especially quite puzzling why the expertise of so many dedicated professionals should be discriminated against and penalised despite their high competence and the excellent results achieved.

Keywords: language exposure, CLIL, CBI, Bilingual Immersion, Foreign Language Teaching