The eight skills underpinning the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR), communication in native and foreign languages, computational thinking, metacognition, social intelligence, entrepreneurship and cross-cultural competency, can now be acquired by learning foreign languages with the CLIL method (Content and Language Integrated Learning).
During the lecture entitled “From Europe to Greece”, organised and held by City College, Ms Matheoudaki, Associate Professor at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, highlighted that foreign language speakers in Europe, but also worldwide, are divided into two categories: Plurilingualists and Multilingualists. Plurilingualists belong to those who speak several languages and have the ability to “change” language “automatically”, speaking with ease on any subject and in any communicative situation. On the other hand, Multilingualists, while speaking many languages, use a different type of language in different situations and environments, for example, colloquial or formal language.
The seminar was attended by representatives of hyphen SA, Foteini Boukouvala and Dora Papapanagiotou, who gained valuable insight into the advantages of the CLIL method for the development of teaching foreign languages. According to this methodology, the student gradually acquires the capacity of a bilingual speaker, is able to use the language from an early age and in various fields, and learns terminology which will not only be useful in a later academic career, but also in the workplace. The seminar was enriched with research that applied the CLIL method to the teaching of elementary students. The success of the implementation of CLIL was demonstrated through audiovisual material, the results of which were impressive; in just three months, students of the 3rd Grade in elementary school were able to utilise and speak English during their History lesson.
The CLIL method is integrated into all the educational programmes of hyphen SA: Young Pioneers STEAM, Young Pioneers and ROIEDU Global Skills. In this way, young pioneers are not only immersed in English terminology of the Sciences and Arts, as well as business for older students, but the acquisition of the English language is transformed. Learning becomes engaging and fun whilst necessary skills are developed and students are prepared for the future of work.
by Foteini Boukouvala, MEd Special Education, Educational Programmes Coordinator and Dora Papapanagiotou, Senior Educational Consultant, hyphen SA
*Term used by Ms Matheoudaki, Associate Professor at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in her lecture, “From Europe to Greece”.