The Future of Education

Edition 14

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Integration of Language and Content. The Future of Education?

Yolanda Ruiz de Zarobe, University of the Basque Country (Spain)


In order to promote language acquisition and multilingualism several European policy-driven strategies have been fostered in the last decades in education. One of the best known educational initiatives is what has been called Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), an approach that refers to contexts where language is used as a medium for learning content, and the content is also used to learn languages. CLIL can be truly understood as an international approach for the integration of language and content in the curriculum as it is often part of international education. This presentation analyses how CLIL initiatives are implemented in educational contexts to increase second language competence. Recent research on multilingual education (Dalton Puffer, Nikula and Smit, 2010; Ruiz de Zarobe, Sierra and Gallardo del Puerto, 2011; Ruiz de Zarobe, 2013, among others) will be analysed to study the implications of these findings in relation to second language acquisition in education. Dalton-Puffer, C.,  T. Nikula and U. Smit, ed. 2010. Language use and language learning in CLIL classrooms. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Ruiz de Zarobe, Y., J.M. Sierra and F. Gallardo del Puerto, ed. 2011. Content and foreign language integrated learning: Contributions to multilingualism in European contexts. Bern: Peter Lang. Ruiz de Zarobe, Y. ed. 2013. Content and language integrated learning: Language policy and pedagogical practice. Special Issue of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

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