CLIL discussion and practice has mainly focused on the relationship between content and language to varying degrees. Culture, although part of CLIL’s 4Cs curriculum, is not usually at the heart of the debate. This talk aims at showing how using CLIL can serve as the perfect springboard to dive into cultural issues, an essential and integral aspect of both content and language.
A brief theoretical background of CLIL including its benefits, current CLIL models and how culture permeates all other aspects of CLIL will be mentioned in order to pave the way for the practical part of the session. By focusing especially on soft CLIL and Rachel Hawkes’ “meanings that matter” model, I will show how general English teachers can easily introduce CLIL in their language classrooms.