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Teaching other subjects in a foreign language

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by tattyb, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. Can anybody help me find information on teaching other school subjects through the medium of another language. for example, geography in German or citizenship in French or any other subject combination. I've been asked to research it as part of a curriculum review group and can't seem to find much

    Cheers
     
  2. Can anybody help me find information on teaching other school subjects through the medium of another language. for example, geography in German or citizenship in French or any other subject combination. I've been asked to research it as part of a curriculum review group and can't seem to find much

    Cheers
     
  3. Geekie

    Geekie New commenter

  4. thanks, thats great! any personal experiences of implementing this would also be apreciated!
     
  5. Dodros

    Dodros Senior commenter

    If you want a pan-European perspective, download the document "Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) at School in Europe" at

    http://www.eurydice.org/ressources/eurydice/pdf/0_integra...

    The idea of teaching other subjects through a foreign language isn't a new idea. A few schools in the 1960s and 1970s had "sections bilingues" teaching Georgraphy and History through French. Such projects were greeted with plaudits as a riposte to the traditional image of English secondary school learners as poor linguists back then.

    I have a couple of misgivings about CLIL, however. One is the problem of recruiting - and retaining - staff capable of teaching another subject through a foreign language. Another is the likelihood of linguists, not subject professionals, being given the job of delivering CLIL without the subject expertise. In the latter case, a school could end up with students who may be excellent linguists but who get poorer results in, say, History and Geography than their peers do in the same subjects taught through English.
     
  6. I was a contributor to the Tel2l project.

    http://www.unavarra.es/tel2l/

    I taught PSHE through French (which OFSTED looked favourably upon).

    The main difficulty in the UK is resistance from management who fear a negative impact on results. In France, "classes bilingues" are a fairly common occurrence.
     
  7. Hi,

    I did my PGCE in Nottingham Uni last year, and was trained with CLIL.

    I know that Someone in Aberdeen Uni is managing a program on CLIL in secondary school. I teach some history through french. What kind of information are you looking for?

    Hope it can help

    Aurelie
     
  8. We're actually in our 3rd year of an immersion project where we teach PHSE and geography through German. If you leave me your email address, I'd be happy to get in touch and answer any questions you have.
     
  9. Have a look at ALL's CLIL4teachers wiki at http://clil4teachers.pbwiki.com. There are quite a lot of resources posted. There is lots of evidence that kids find CLIL lessons motivating, because it's 'real learning', and lessons have to be tightly structured with good visual support so they find they cope better with the other subject as well. They barely notice that they are improving their language skills at the same time, and research shows they do well in both the language and the associated subject. It is also a way of gaining more teaching time for languages. More info and resources at European level on http://www.ccn-clil.eu/.
    Kathy


     
  10. jolly

    jolly New commenter

    Hi,

    I know of a Languages School in Coventry called Tile Hill Wood (school for girls) and Language College, where students learn Humanities through the MFL from Year 7...

    worth lookign at their website
     
  11. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2003/01/16262/17504 could be of some use to you - it's a report into Early Partial Immersion in French at Walker Road Primary School in Aberdeen. The info is from 2000-2002, so getting out of date, but there's some good stuff in there. I used bits and pieces from it in a research project at uni.
     
  12. noemie

    noemie Occasional commenter

    Hi, just resurrecting this old post to say I've just uploaded the unit I did this half-term with Y9 on Art (very brief history of painting) in French; my history module is also in the resources. If you are interested in CLIL (cross-curricular teaching) then have a look at this thread: https://community.tes.co.uk/forums/p/175777/3457488.aspx#3457488 and also on this wiki: http://clil4teachers.pbworks.com where you can download lots of ready-made resources (no need to sign up to download them).
     

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