Title of the Project
CLIL en interculturele samenwerking in het studiegebied Handel
The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe-institute in Poperinge offers the pupils in the section Business (vocational education) a unique combination of CLIL, Exchange project and Godfatherproject. CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning): the pupils attend the lessons on Business and Economy for 3 hours per week in French for 6 years. Teachers use the communicative approach; the lessons are interactive and teamwork is often used. The project shows that pupils gain competences on the linguistic level (vocabulary, interaction...), on the intercultural and cognitive level. Their motivation to learn grew considerably.
THE INITIATIVE PROMOTER’S PERSPECTIVE
OLVI in Poperinge Belgium is a Flemish technical and vocational secondary school with sections in Commerce, Fashion and Sales, Care and Sciences. The pupils of the commercial section can study the courses Trade and Business Economy in French, 3 hours a week, during 4 years.Our school is located near the French border and close to the linguistic border within Belgium.
"The objectives are:
- linguistic: improved mastering of the CLIL language French
- cultural: a better understanding of the French and Walloon culture
- cognitive: stimulating the reflecting, analytical, conceptual and abstracting competency."
CLIL classes are conducted in French. Language didactics are interwoven in the CLIL class. Language and subject are highly integrated. Lessons and activities are interactive, communicative and self activating.
Success indicators are better foreign language skills and an increased global motivation and specific motivation for the CLIL language itself.
Why the European Language Label?
To make the project known
Activities following the award of the European Language Label
National and international publicity and interest. Many visits from students, teachers, school directors, minister of education. New visions through discussions.
Assessment of the Impact of the European Language Label
A lot of interest in the project was shown
Recommendations for future applicants for the ELL
Involve all staff in your project.Be open-minded, constantly adapt your project.Create long-lasting initiatives with a certain consistancy.
THE NELLIP NETWORK’S PERSPECTIVE
Consistency with European Policies in the field of Language Learning
By using CLIL this project has contributed to the promotion of new approaches to language teaching and training and also to the promotion of language learning for specific purposes
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Posted by Gardikiotis Rodica (Romania)
Message: The project shows a vision that encourages the school agenda, the projected profile of students’competences upon graduation, the geographical context, the political and economic setting and the intercultural agendas of the involved communities. Through this wide interaction of contextual factors the chosen approach, that of CLIL, illustrates a suitable fitting between all these factors.
The business component wrapped in the teaching of French in a geographicla area of Wallone, bordering the linguistic zone of the French area, the natural use of both languiages in an open commerce area, in which familiarization with cultural benchmarks for both Walllonaise and French communities is relevant for the students’professional success are the components that have made this project a winner of the ELL. CLIL , one again , proves to cover a wide variety of developmental needs and it is fit for many learning styles.