Wat is CLIL? Content and Language Integrated Learning

This means that a subject such as mathematics, history, geography… everything except a language subject) is taught in another language. (In Flanders, this can be English, French or German) Parallel to the same content in Dutch, the general learning content therefore remains the same. The focus is thus not on the language itself, but on the specific content of the subject; students learn the language indirectly by studying the content. Scientific research has shown that this way of language acquisition is very effective.

Of course, GO! Atheneum Antwerp will continue to strive for a strong command of the Dutch language among all its students. CLIL will be offered, as required by law, in a small part of the curriculum. However, we are convinced that by offering our students the opportunity to gain more experience in a foreign language, this offers them enormous added value. In our globalised world, multilingualism is a strong asset!

Starting from the academic year of 2022-2023, final-year students will have the opportunity to participate in the Parallel Histories project for 10 teaching hours, either in English or Dutch. This will involve a strong combination of historical analysis and argumentation skills. The project  not only offers a unique way to tackle conflicting history, but students will also practise their reading, listening and writing skills during their analysis. They will elaborate their findings into a personal yet, well-founded argument. Students will also have the opportunity to test their findings in a (class) debate with others. Those who choose the CLIL approach will have the chance to debate with English-speaking and CLIL-age peers from France, Denmark and Germany.

We are convinced that our pupils’ abilities will grow tremendously when they take this opportunity. It will give them more self-confidence when they continue to further studies. There, too, we see more and more subjects being offered in English.