CLIL Teacher training and teachers’ choices: exploring planned language use in the Australian context

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The term ‘CLIL’ has been used in Australia for over a decade, and the approach has helped to invigorate languages education in both primary and secondary schools. In particular, the flexibility of CLIL has led to a range of teachers accessing CLIL training: from teachers in structured programs where schools have committed to organisational change, to teachers driving initiatives where schools have accepted, but not substantially committed to, initiatives. However, although the flexibility has helped more teachers and schools experiment with putting a target language across the curriculum, we propose that the significant role context plays in the implementation of CLIL has implications both for teacher training and for ways in which languages (the target language and the dominant language) are used in the classroom. To illustrate this, we draw on data we collected from six different qualitative studies investigating a total of five primary schools and four secondary schools across the two Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalLanguage, Culture and Curriculum
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Australia
  • CLIL
  • L1 use
  • planned language use
  • teacher training

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