Authenticity of Purpose: CLIL as a way to bring meaning and motivation into EFL contexts

Pinner, Richard
December 2013
Asian EFL Journal;Dec2013, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p138
Academic Journal
In this paper I will outline how Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) can be used to achieve what Coyle, Hood and Marsh (2010, p. 5) refer to as "authenticity of purpose" and provide a better vehicle for authentic language exposure and production in English as a Foreign Language contexts. This increased authenticity is hypothesised to lead to an increase in engagement and motivation in the learning. The paper begins with a definition of CLIL and explains the sociocultural background of the methodology. Then, after briefly looking at the suitability of CLIL for the Asian context, I move onto a definition of motivation and authenticity whilst examining the interplay between them both in relation to content and classroom interaction. I will then address some of the criticism against CLIL and the use of authentic materials. Finally, I advocate a CLIL approach as a means of increasing exposure to authentic content, thus potentially increasing motivation to learn.


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