Stories That Move
Emma Abbate is an experienced CLIL teacher of history and civic education from Italy. She talks about the CLIL approach (Content and Language Integrated Learning) to language teaching and why Stories that Move is an attractive tool to integrate into CLIL lessons.
The Stories that Move toolbox and CLIL approach both aim to promote active learning by engaging students in hands-on, collaborative activities.
They encourage cross-curricular learning by integrating content from different subject areas. In the Stories that Move toolbox, students learn about diversity and discrimination through the lens of history, language, and social studies. Similarly, in CLIL lessons, students can study philosophy, science, or social studies through the lens of language learning. A core CLIL aim is to develop students’ language skills by providing opportunities for language learning in a meaningful and authentic context. Stories that Move clips offer authentic stories subtitled in nine languages.
CLIL also promotes cultural awareness and the material on the Stories that Move website helps expose students to different cultures and perspectives.
Blending the two allows educators to create attractive and meaningful learning experiences that help students to develop a deeper understanding of issues connected with prejudices, intolerance, and inequality.
Combine the resources from the Stories that Move website with CLIL language learning objectives.
In short, my experience in class shows that blending CLIL and the Stories that Move toolbox is a great way to help educators create motivating and significant learning experiences for our students.
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