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CLIL / Immersion

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is a teaching method that integrates the teaching of content from the curriculum, for example the water cycle, simultaneously with a non-native language – in our case, English. In Switzerland, CLIL is found mainly in primary and secondary schools. 

Immersion, as one form of CLIL, is found in many Swiss grammar schools. More and more vocational schools offer "bili" (bilingual) courses in which teachers teach their subjects, for example History, through English. In addition, students have regular English classes.

The table shows examples of four possible CLIL models:

Adapted from: Bentley, K. (2010) The TKT Course CLIL Module. Cambridge: CUP

In all cases, the cooperation among language and subject teachers is vital!

This is the SIG for anyone teaching young learners to adults, and especially for teachers interested in their students learning English together with another subject, be it Geography, PE or Maths. So come and join us! Contact Peach Richmond

Past events

ETAS 2019 Professional Development Day with Special Interest Groups
7 September, International School Berne, Gümligen

Upcoming events

ETAS 36th Annual Conference and AGM
18 January 2020, GIBZ, Zug

IATEFL 54th International Conference and Exhibition
18-21 April 2020, Manchester

Useful links

If you know of any other useful links to add here, please contact me (immersion@e-tas.ch).