“It’s the Same World through Different Eyes”: A CLIL Project for EFL Young Learners.

  • Eleni Korosidou University of Western Macedonia- Greece
  • Eleni Griva University of Western Macedonia- Greece
Keywords: Foreign Language learning, storytelling, task-based context, CLIL (en_US)

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 Content and Language Integrated  Learning (CLIL) approach  and  was piloted with 4th primary school grade students. More specifically, we employed a dual-focused approach, focusing equally on English 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’ skills in EFL, b) develop their sensitivity towards diversity, c)enhance their citizenship awareness. Students were provided with opportunities to express themselves verbally and non-verbally, and participate in a variety of creative activities in a multimodal teaching context. The findings of project evaluation 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.


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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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