In the framework of the VET’s CLIL project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union (KA2), EARLALL has produced a set of recommendations for education providers and policy makers within the pathway towards embedding Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in Vocational Education and Training (VET). The VET’s CLIL project is aimed at widening the opportunities of VET students in a globalised world by implementing the CLIL methodology in the curricula, and this report comes to complement the practice-oriented efforts of the project.
The report contains an introduction which sets its objectives and explains its methodology. Then, it presents an overview of the state-of-art of CLIL research in Europe in the past, present and future. The policy context of the development of CLIL is also depicted and includes information about key actors, the European policy context, EU support to foreign languages and references to the CLIL methodology in EU documents. This part also focuses on the national and regional context for the implementation of CLIL.
Building on these data, policy recommendations at EU, national, regional and local levels are provided. Policy reviews show that while theoretical support is provided, especially in EU documents, further efforts are needed in a coherent approach to the implementation of CLIL, particularly at national and regional level. As solution is proposed to build skills ecosystems that foster language learning at local and regional level, and a multi-level approach is called for. In addition, the recommendations highlight areas of further research in evidence-based policy making and exploitation opportunities in other sectors.
The VET’s CLIL project is finishing in August 2021 after 36 months of common work.