The impact of CLIL on the acquisition of L2 competences and skills in primary education


Keywords: CLIL, effectiveness, language competences, primary education


The aim of this paper is to provide new evidence on the effectiveness of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in the acquisition of English language competences (reading, writing, listening and spoken production and interaction) compared to traditional learning of English as a foreign language (EFL) in primary school settings. To do so, results of CLIL and non-CLIL learners enrolled in the 4 th year of primary education (9-10-year-olds) were examined and contrasted. Findings showed that the only communicative competence in which differences in favour of CLIL students were significant was spoken production and interaction. However, significant differences have also been detected in the following indicators: “preparing an outline before writing” (writing), “understanding space-time relations” (reading), and “global comprehension” and “identification of details” (listening). The confined effectiveness of CLIL may be due to the limited time of extra exposure to English, the young age of participants and the absence of any selection process for CLIL learners.


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Author Biography

Esther Nieto Moreno de Diezmas, University of Castilla-La Mancha

The author is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Education of Ciudad Real, department of Modern Languages, and received her PhD in English Philology by UCLM. Her current research activities are mainly linked to bilingual programmes: linguistic and non-linguistic benefits of CLIL, development of key competences in CLIL contexts, emotional competence and CLIL, CLIL and new technologies, and CLIL methology, and in these fields, she has given lectures, published in international conferences and in journals as Miscelanea: a Journal of English and American Studies. She is curently a member of a National I+D project bout bilingualism and a member of an innovation teaching project to teach science in English at the Faculties of Education of Castilla-La Mancha.

How to Cite
Nieto Moreno de Diezmas, E. (2016). The impact of CLIL on the acquisition of L2 competences and skills in primary education. International Journal of English Studies, 16(2), 81–101.