“It’s the same world through different eyes”: a CLIL project for EFL young learners.

“El mundo visto desde miradas diferentes”: un proyecto que integra contenido y lenguaje para aprendices de inglés como lengua extranjera en primaria

  • Eleni Korosidou University of Western Macedonia- Greece
  • Eleni Griva University of Western Macedonia- Greece
Keywords: CLIL, language learning, storytelling, task-based context (en_US)
Keywords: contenido y aprendizaje integrado del lenguaje, aprendizaje de lengua extranjera, enseñanza basada en historias, contexto basado en tareas (es_ES)

Abstract (en_US)

This paper presents the design, implementation, and evaluation of a project entitled “It’s the same world through different eyes,” which was based on the principles of the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach and was piloted with 4th grade primary school students (between 9 and 10 years of age). More specifically, we employed a dual-focused approach, focusing equally on EFL (English as a foreign language) and content development. For the purpose of the project, we designed a mini-syllabus with the stories being at the core of the design. The objectives of the project were to a) develop the students’ receptive and productive skills in EFL), b) develop their sensitivity towards diversity, and c) enhance their citizenship awareness. Students were provided with opportunities to express themselves verbally and nonverbally, and participate in a variety of creative activities in a multimodal teaching context. The findings of project indicated students’ improvement regarding both their receptive and productive skills in the target language, and the development of children’s citizenship awareness, and their sensitivity towards diversity.

Abstract (es_ES)

Este manuscrito presenta el diseño, la realización y la evaluación de un proyecto titulado “El mundo visto desde miradas diferentes” para aprendices de inglés como lengua extranjera en primaria, basado en los principios de integración de contenido y lengua para el aprendizaje (CLIL) piloteado con estudiantes de cuarto grado de escuela primaria (entre 9 y 10 años de edad). Se utilizó un enfoque dual-enfocado, concentrándonos igualmente en lengua inglesa y desarrollo de contenidos. Se diseñó un mini-syllabus basado en historias. Los objetivos del proyecto fueron: a) desarrollar las habilidades receptivas (escucha y lectura) y productivas (oral y escrita) de los estudiantes en inglés como lengua extranjera, b) desarrollar su sensibilidad hacia la diversidad, c) realzar su conciencia ciudadana. A los estudiantes se les brindó la oportunidad de expresarse verbalmente y no verbalmente, y de participar en una variedad de actividades creativas en un contexto de enseñanza multimodal. Los resultados indicaron mejoramiento de las habilidades receptivas como productivas de los estudiantes en la lengua meta y el desarrollo de la conciencia ciudadana en los niños y su sensibilidad hacia la diversidad.


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Author Biographies

Eleni Korosidou, University of Western Macedonia- Greece

Eleni I. Korosidou is an EFL teacher. She graduated from the School of English Language and Literature- Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in 2005. She received MA degree in Teaching Methodology and Curriculum Design, and is a PhD candidate- University of Western Macedonia. She has been teaching English as a Foreign Language in Primary and Secondary Education for the last ten years.

Her research interests include Foreign Language Teaching and Learning, Language Learning Strategies, Language Assessment and Computer Assisted Language Learning. She has participated in several educational conferences.

Eleni Griva, University of Western Macedonia- Greece
Dr Eleni Griva is an Associate Professor of applied linguistics in the Faculty of Educational Studies (Department of Primary Education) at the University of Western Macedonia – Greece. She is also the coordinator of the module “Testing and Assessment in Language Learning” (at the postgraduate level) in the School of Humanities of the Hellenic Open University (HOU). Her research interests include: Methodology of teaching a second/foreign language, language learning strategies, bilingualism/multilingualism, Foundations of Bilingual/Multicultural Education, Methods and Materials in Bilingual/SL Education, assessment in language learning.  She is a member of various International Scientific Committees and Associate Editor of four International Academic Journals. She is the treasurer of the Greek Applied Linguistics Association. She has published four books related to Bilingualism and teaching a second/foreign language (in Greek) and more than 140 papers, which appear in various international and national refereed journals, collected editions and conference proceedings.


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How to Cite
Korosidou, E., & Griva, E. (2016). “It’s the same world through different eyes”: a CLIL project for EFL young learners. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 18(1), 116-132. https://doi.org/10.14483/calj.v18n1.9305
Published: 2016-05-11
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