Abstract Accepted for ELTWO Special Issues – CLIL in ELT

After a one-month wait finally we (me and Richard) received the good news that the abstract we submitted for ELTWO Special Issues – CLIL in ELT has been accepted. This is still the preliminary step though as we have to still prepare the full manuscript (fingers crossed that things will go very well 🙂 ). Here is the abstract and the comment from the guest editor, David Marsh:

Contrasting English language curriculum contexts within Higher Education in Indonesia: CLIL and EAP/ESP classes
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), often seen as a European term, refers to educational practices that have now become a global phenomenon. Although the term does not specify particular languages or content areas, often, as in the case of the University of Jember in Indonesia, which provides the context for our research, the term CLIL is used primarily for the integration of English with content areas such as math and science. Such a CLIL provision overlaps with longer-established, content-oriented, English for Academic/Specific Purposes (EAP/ESP) courses. However, these two areas of the university curriculum have differing emphases. In the former, whilst integration of the subject area and English is sought, English tends to function more as the medium of instruction than as an equal player in the educational objectives. In EAP/ESP courses, whilst the overlap between content area and English is significant, English learning tends to be the primary purpose. To better understand these two closely-related areas of the curriculum in the University of Jember, we analysed relevant curriculum documentation and both lecturer (two) and student (six) narratives of their CLIL and EAP/ESP classroom experiences. In this paper, as informed by the analysis, we report on some commonalities and particularities of these courses and suggest ways in which their separate practices might become mutually enriching.

Keywords: English, Higher Education, Indonesia, CLIL, EAP/ESP


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