Using CLIL in vocational education and training in Flanders

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe-instituut Poperinge (BE)


The school is a mixed Catholic technical school in Poperinge, Flanders (Belgium) with some 750 students. Dutch speaking, the school is close to the French border and there is a good case for reinforcing the teaching of French for employment and other purposes. The school has launched the teaching of economics and IT through French, using the CLIL approach. It is now one of 9 test schools in Flanders carrying out CLIL under a Ministry sponsored programme promoting the use of CLIL The students study the two subjects in small groups for three hours per week over a period of six years. There is a strong cultural objective behind the initiative, particularly with regard to the Walloon culture within their own country.

There has been an overall improvement in all foreign language skills and the students are enthusiastic about the methodology. Job prospects for the students are clearly enhanced and the initiative won first prize in the European Awards for Languages.

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