Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL /klɪl/) is the learning of a non-language school subject, with the content and language of instruction primarily a language that is a foreign language for the students.
For example, a course in biology may be taught to students, with the main content focus of the class on biology.
Teachers working with CLIL are specialists in their own discipline rather than traditional language teachers. The key issue is that the learner is gaining new knowledge about the 'non-language' subject while encountering, using and learning the foreign language.
One still-to-be resolved issue is that of lecturers possibly having an insufficient level of English and their apparent reluctance to undergo methodological CLIL training.
- http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/articles/content-language-integrated-learning British Council/BBC Teaching English: Content and Language Integrated Learning
- European Commission - Multilingualism
- "Lecturer and Student Perceptions on CLIL at a Spanish University" (abstract) in International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, v15 n2 p183-197. Routledge, 2012