This is not my first post on this topic. Long ago I highlighted the need to
provide educators and people in general with empirical evidence to demonstrate
that CLIL programmes work even in disadvantaged contexts. However, I reckon that we still have a long way to go before CLIL is open to anyone and not only
to the socially privileged students. Needless to say a crucial factor is
the process of selection carried out at schools. In this sense, we can see
a rising trend in open CLIL programmes in European countries.
As Professor Christiane Dalton-Puffer states, "CLIL classrooms are becoming more inclusive places where subject content needs to be made accessible to a wide variety of learners regardless of their socioeconomic status, educational background or academic achievement level".
Next Monday she will present the ADiBE project, aimed at making bilingual education a more inclusive reality for all.
I am sure this will be a unique opportunity to learn about how to tackle attention to diversity in our CLIL settings. The event is for free. You can read more about it and register here.
My sincere and heartfelt thanks to Professor Dalton-Puffer for her contribution to this pivotal issue which we are so concerned about.