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Supporting Content and Language Integrated Learning through Technology

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) was recognized as a teaching methodology by the Commission of the European Communities in its Communication No. 449 on Promoting Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity: An Action Plan 2004 – 2006, published in 2003. In this past decade we have witnessed how CLIL has steadily rooted its teaching principles and is slowly becoming a dominant methodology in all sectors of education that are sensitive to bilingual education. Research and reflective practice literature is currently abundant and CLIL is being the focus of an increasing amount of empirical studies proving the methodology’s worth. In line with this trend, the EU-funded Tools for CLIL Teachers project has developed an online authoring tool to support the implementation of CLIL. This tool, which is known as Clilstore, has the unique ability to automatically link every word in a text to freely available online dictionaries in over 100 languages. The texts may be fed into the tool in the form of a webpage or an uploaded Word document. Clilstore’s features are particularly enhanced when videos and their transcripts are embedded into the system from one of the many streaming video applications currently available, such as TED or Kahn Academy, which offer abundant educational materials in various languages. Due to the fact that the use of the tool is subject to “CopyLeft” rights, this means that the units and activities created within Clilstore become part of an ever-growing repository that is made freely available to the language learning community at large, both learners and teachers. In addition to illustrating how the tool works and its underlying design principles, the authors will also present data that has been collected through questionnaires undertaken by experienced CLIL teachers who attended a training course on the use and implementation of Clilstore in secondary education in several European countries.

Author(s):

Ana Gimeno    
Departament of Applied Linguistics
Universidad Politecnica de Valencia
Spain

Ana Gimeno is Associate Professor in English language in the Department of Applied Linguistics, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain. She is Head of the CAMILLE R&D Group.

Caoimhín Ó Dónaill    
School of Irish Language and Literature
University of Ulster
United Kingdom

Caoimhín Ó Dónaill is Lecturer in the School of Irish Language and Literature, University of Ulster.

Kent Andersen    
Syddansk Erhvervsskole Odense-Vejle
Denmark

 

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