Content-based Language Learning in Multilingual Educational Environments

Content-based Language Learning in Multilingual Educational Environments
Author : Maria Juan-Garau
Publisher : Springer
Total Pages : 255
Release : 2014-11-17
ISBN 10 : 9783319114965
ISBN 13 : 3319114964
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The spread of English as an international language along with the desire to maintain local languages lead us to consider multilingualism as the norm rather than the exception. Consequently, bi/multilingual education has bloomed over the last decades. This volume deals with one such type of education currently in the spotlight as an essentially European strategy to multilingualism, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), in which curricular content is taught through a foreign language. The book contributes new empirical evidence on its effects on linguistic and attitudinal outcomes focusing on bi/multilingual learners who acquire English as an additional language. Moreover, it presents critical analyses of factors influencing multilingual education, the effects of CLIL on both language and content learning, and the contrast between CLIL and other models of instruction. The research presented suggests that CLIL can greatly enhance language acquisition in multilingual settings.