In search of good practices
Research into Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and related contexts where language medium learning is being developed, has exponentially increased throughout the last decade as integrated approaches to learning become increasingly established and adapted across a wide range of contexts. Whilst a specific emphasis on content or language has been developed according to the demands of contextual variables, nonetheless the complexities of integrating both content learning – which may range from thematic studies to subject disciplines – and language learning – which takes into account the increasingly multilingual nature of learners – are emerging. Indeed the challenges of creating and sustaining high quality ‘climates for learning’ across all sectors of education are demanding urgent attention to be paid to monitoring classroom practices over a longer period of time. Moreover greater involvement of all key stakeholders needs to be taken into account if the nature and impact of integrated learning is to be more widely understood.
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