A critical vision of the CLIL approach in secondary education: A study in the Valencian Community in Spain

Authors

  • Francisco Guillamón-Suesta Universitat Jaume I Departamento de Estudios Ingleses. Facultad de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales Campus Riu Sec 12071- Castellón, Spain Tel: +34-64-729535 Fax: +34-64-729261
  • Maria Luisa Renau Renau Universitat Jaume I Departamento de Estudios Ingleses. Facultad de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales. Campus Riu Sec 12071- Castellón, Spain Tel: +34-64-729535 Fax: +34-64-729261

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5294/5037

Keywords:

AICLE, contextos AICLE en español y en valenciano, AICLE en la educación secundaria, profesores de asignaturas de inglés y profesores de asignaturas de contenido.

Abstract

Content and language integrated learning (CLIL) has emerged in European education as an effective method to enhance and reinforce students’ competence in English and skills while covering traditional content areas. This paper presents a research study into CLIL in secondary education in the area of Castellón in the Valencian Community, Spain. Our first objective of this work involves defining whether some content subjects in some secondary schools of the area are being delivered using English as the vehicular language or not. Secondly, the study also pursues to detect the attitudes and background of the English-language and the content teachers of those centres in relation to CLIL by means of two types of CLIL questionnaires. Results show that even though CLIL has not been introduced officially in any of these secondary schools, some of the teachers have already applied it in specific modules of nursery and primary education. English and content teachers show a positive attitude towards the effects that CLIL could have on their students, and they are eager to cooperate in its implementation.

Keywords: CLIL, Spanish and Valencian CLIL Contexts, CLIL in Secondary Education, English and Content Teachers.

Author Biographies

Francisco Guillamón-Suesta, Universitat Jaume I Departamento de Estudios Ingleses. Facultad de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales Campus Riu Sec 12071- Castellón, Spain Tel: +34-64-729535 Fax: +34-64-729261

Francisco Guillamón-Suesta graduated in English Studies (Linguistics and Literature) from Universitat Jaume I (Spain) in 2014, with an Extraordinary Academic Achievement Award. Previously, in 2013, he was also a graduate in Contemporary Studies from Coventry University (UK). He is currently studying a MA in English Language for International Trade and a MA in Teaching English as Foreign Language in Secondary Education.

His research interests include Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), multilingualism education and English language acquisition.

Maria Luisa Renau Renau, Universitat Jaume I Departamento de Estudios Ingleses. Facultad de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales. Campus Riu Sec 12071- Castellón, Spain Tel: +34-64-729535 Fax: +34-64-729261

María Luisa Renau Renau is a full-time professor in the English Studies Department at Universitat Jaume I in Castellón, Spain. She has been teaching ESP for 14 years, mainly Computer Engineering courses. This fact has conducted her to do research in this field and more recently on the CLIL approach. Moreover, she has been an active member in the Cognitive Linguistics research group for four years.

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