CLIL: Achieving its goals through a multiliteracies framework

Beatrice Dupuy


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An integrated world calls for integrated learning. It is in this context that CLIL has emerged to cater to the linguistic and cultural demands created by this global age.


Coyle et al. (2010) foreground the integrative aspects of CLIL in the 4Cs Framework which connects “four contextualized building blocks” and as such “takes account of integrating content learning and language learning within specific contexts and acknowledges the symbiotic relationship that exists between these elements” (p.41). In other words, they recognize that acquiring and knowing a content/subject-matter area is about acquiring and knowing its texts.


In this paper, I suggest that CLIL goals can best be realized by adopting a multiliteracies framework. I begin by examining the links that exist between CLIL and a multiliteracies framework. Next, I review key aspects of a multiliteracies framework that can support CLIL goals. Finally, I present a model multiliteracies-based CLIL lesson.

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