06 October, 2012

CLIL and cultural diversity

CLIL discussion and practice has mainly focused on the relationship between content and language to varying degrees. Culture, although part of CLIL’s 4Cs curriculum, is not usually at the heart of the debate. This talk aims at showing how using CLIL can serve as the perfect springboard to dive into cultural issues, an essential and integral aspect of both content and language.

A brief theoretical background of CLIL including its benefits, current CLIL models and how culture permeates all other aspects of CLIL will be mentioned in order to pave the way for the practical part of the session.  By focusing especially on soft CLIL and Rachel Hawkes’ “meanings that matter” model, I will show how general English teachers can easily introduce CLIL in their language classrooms.

CLIL and cultural diversity from Vicky Saumell

Presented at the 4th CLIL Symposium on 6th October, 2012 in Barranquilla, Colombia.


This session aims at analysing the links between CLIL and ICT with a two-fold purpose. Firstly, showing why they are a good match. Secondly, demonstrating how ICT tools, both pc-based and web-based, can have an impact on the teaching and learning process as well as on its results. We will explore a variety of tools and the implications of their use in a CLIL classroom.

Presented at the 4th CLIL Symposium on October 5th, 2012 in Barranquilla, Colombia.