Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
WHAT IS CLIL?
CLIL stands for "Content and Language Integrated Learning," meaning the learning of curriculum subjects such as geography, history, or Religious Education through a target foreign language. There is no set methodology or structure for a CLIL program, and this term can refer to varying levels of language exposure. However the common consensus is that both language and content are given equal importance, and that this way of teaching allows a language to be learnt and used in an immediately relevant context.
WHAT KIND OF CLIL DOES ST MONICA'S OFFER?
At St Monica's College our CLIL classes are carefully scaffolded to increase the exposure of our students to their target language more and more throughout the year, with the goal of full immersion. We understand that CLIL is more than talking at our students in another language, and as such, class instruction is delivered in simplified language along with gestures and visuals to assist with understanding. Students learn through the use of texts and resources in both English and the foreign language, and will often be asked to present at least part of their work in the target language. They are also encouraged to speak the language in class as much as possible.
We currently have an Italian CLIL program which runs from years 7 - 9.
ITALIAN CLIL SUBJECTS:
- Year 7: Italian, Religion, and Humanities
- Year 8: Italian, Religion, and Humanities
- Year 9: Italian, Religion, and Humanities
Our other four languages at St Monica's (Japanese, French, Greek and Spanish) are currently offered through the general LOTE stream only. Italian can be studied either through LOTE mainstream or CLIL.
WHAT DO OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT CLIL?
"CLIL is amazing, you get treated very well." - Pino, Italian CLIL
"It gives a better understanding of the language." - Nicholas, Italian CLIL
"It is a very good program and, although challenging, the end result makes it all worth it." - Aidan, Italian CLIL
"Being exposed to Italian so often helped my understanding and boosted my language skills." - Jessica, Italian CLIL