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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

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

“The horror!” – Heart of Darkness (1902), J. Conrad

Kurtz’s death and Marlow’s struggle in the depths of ghastliness. Kurtz discoursed. A voice! a voice! It rang deep to the very last. It survived his strength to hide in … Continue reading “The horror!” – Heart of Darkness (1902), J. Conrad

“The Chain-gang” – Heart of Darkness (1902), J. Conrad

At the Company Station, before hearing of Kurtz, Marlow witnesses the exploitation of locals while building a railroad.   A slight clinking behind me made me turn my head. Six … Continue reading “The Chain-gang” – Heart of Darkness (1902), J. Conrad

OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900)

BIOGRAPHY Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854 of Anglo-Irish parents of noble descent and part of, what can be said, an intellectual family milieu in which he developed … Continue reading OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900)

Excerpt from “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1895), O. Wilde

Act 1 Jack (Ernest) Worthing meets Lady Bracknell for an interview during which he will have to prove worthy of her daughter’s hand, Gwendolen Fairfax – a girl of London’s … Continue reading Excerpt from “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1895), O. Wilde