Content and Language Integrated Learning for first and second-year university students: Aspirations, challenges and solutions

Brooke, Mark ORCID: 0000-0002-3071-6806 (2018) Content and Language Integrated Learning for first and second-year university students: Aspirations, challenges and solutions. Theory and Practice in Language Studies,, 8 (7). pp. 778-784.

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This paper offers an overview of two modules from the Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore. These belong to a programme entitled the Ideas and Exposition Modules (IEM) and they pertain to a content and language integrated learning (CLIL) approach. The courses and some of the main learning objectives are explained. These are critical thinking abilities; research skills; and academic study skills. It is surmised that these are useful for all students independent of their academic discipline. The challenges that the lecturer and students face during the courses are also presented. These challenges often arise because students are from different educational cultures and academic disciplines, and as a result, classes tend to be comprised of students with mixed interests, English language levels and academic research and writing experience. Students also tend to vary in their abilities to think critically and work independently. The first section in this paper looks at the educational context of the IEM courses; the second, presents the core learning outcomes aspired to; the third, examines the challenges faced and how these are met by the tutor and students taking the courses. The final section offers a brief overview of the paper and considers the future for this genre of course, particularly how students benefit from a more student-centered, individualized educational practice today.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: tertiary education; content and language integrated learning; critical thinking dispositions; academic research skills; academic writing skills; academic English language
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Mark Brooke
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2023 09:42
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2023 09:45

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