Published July 8, 2022 | Version v1
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CLIL to make primary pupils click for languages: Lessons from Hackney

  • 1. Aston University
  • 2. Hackney Education


In this paper, we provide a brief overview of the Primary Languages landscape in England and highlight the issues it is facing. We present the best practice case of Hackney Education with special attention to its recent Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) developments. We argue that a CLIL approach has the potential of addressing the challenges of implementing the national Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) entitlement at primary level by reducing the timetabling constraints, expanding the teacher pool, and adapting to children's cognitive development. Indeed, the delivery of disciplinary contents in another language maximises language input without extra pressure on the timetable. This format can also help address the shortage of qualified language teachers by extending the delivery of primary languages to non-specialist teachers, supported by specialists providing scheme of work, upskilling and contributing to delivery. Finally, the CLIL approach fits the cognitive development -- as identified by the Research in Primary Languages (RiPL) project -- of primary school pupils who learn implicitly, by being immersed in the language and using it.



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