What is CLIL and why we use it in Step Up?

I think that many of you, when you first see our leaflets were wondering what does these 4 letters mean. So let me explain it to you. So CLIL stands for Content and Language Integrated Learning and refers to teaching subjects such as science, math, art to students through an English Language.  

 

 

This term CLIL was coined by David Marsh, University of Jyväskylä, Finland (1994): "CLIL refers to situations where subjects, or parts of subjects, are taught through a foreign language with dual-focused aims, namely the learning of content and the simultaneous learning of a foreign language." 

We believe that using CLIL approach is very important. Why is it so?  

Using CLIL will help your kids to prepare for internationalization, prepare for future studies, develop multilingual interests and attitudes, Increase their motivation in language learning. 

Step Up Discover program includes from six to eight CLIL classes per month. The topics for CLIL lessons are selected based on PreK-K Canadian curriculum, which include: Animals: Pond life, In the farm, Rainforest; Seasons, Weather; Addition, Subtraction, Shapes, 3D shapes; Time; Jobs; My community; My city; My school etc.  

We believe that CLIL lessons will help your kids be more confident English language users and prepare them better for full time schooling in English.