From Theory to Practice- Selected papers from the 2013 ICLHE Conference
Edited By Robert Wilkinson and Mary Louise Walsh
ICL in UK tertiary education: The case of German
Abstract In many European universities, the second language (L2) English is used to teach non-linguistic disciplines such as business or engineering. In anglophone UK, integration of content and language (ICL) generally features in Modern Languages undergraduate programmes where content is taught through the L2 to maximise exposure. However, few programmes employ a structured approach, and there is currently little research on ICL in UK universities.
This paper reports on the extent to which German is used as the medium of instruction in UK undergraduate German programmes and discusses the institutional parameters which influence the integration of content and language. It appears that the practice of teaching subject-specific content in the target language is more wide-spread than previously thought. Content provision in the L2 is in fact quite common, but the extent, timing, and purpose of ICL depend on the type of university.
Key words: ICL; tertiary education; U.K.; Germany; modern languages.
The past decades have seen a remarkable proliferation of research in educational settings where a second language is used as medium of instruction in higher education. Some countries – the Netherlands, Finland, Spain, to name but a few – have clearly led the way in this endeavour to investigate the integration of content and language in higher education (HE), mainly featuring English as the language of instruction. Anglophone UK is – perhaps understandably – characterised by a dearth in ICL research which may indicate that CLIL1 is far less common in...
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