Look, we simply don’t get paid enough to have to deal with this kind of crap, OK? We’re in this for the sheer fun of it, the ‘alternative’ lifestyle and the chance to experience exotic locales. The last bloody thing we need is someone trying to turn this into a bona fide profession. However, that’s exactly what is in danger of happening if bloody CLIL takes off, according to those Craptus TEFL loving buggers at the Guardian…
‘As education authorities around the world set ambitious targets to raise English skills, this is the time for English language teachers to share their expertise and views on how to combine content and language in the same lessons, say leading Clil experts David Marsh and Peeter Mehisto. They call for more cooperation across the curriculum and highlight the issues that will be raised at our special debate Clil: Complementing or Compromising English Language Teaching?’
So, all you long termers, are you scared at the prospect of actually having to have expertise in a particular field other than that of merely speaking the language of the country you were born in? I’ve been teaching content based learning for the past five years and let me tell you, you have to put in the background reading or you get eaten alive in the classroom. That’s right, linguistic superiority just doesn’t cut it in CLIL. It’s a brave new world folks, are you ready for it?