In CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) it is important for teachers to create opportunities for learners to practise content language and to show their understanding of content. Learners also need to try out different ways of thinking and to exchange and contribute different or personal ideas to a discussion. When discussing their ideas, learners may agree or disagree with each other.
If they simply say yes or no without explaining why, limited language learning and content learning takes place. If they simply add ideas without extending them, learners do not deepen their understanding; however, if learners make their reasoning more explicit, they learn more. So teachers need to set tasks which encourage learners to explain their reasoning and teach them the language they need to do this.
In this clip, the teacher creates opportunities for learners to use content language and to think out loud or to think together. It is through discussing new ideas with others that learners can move towards new ways of thinking and content understanding. This clip was filmed at the Herman Wesselink College in Amstelveen. The learners are second year pupils (average age 13-14) and the subject is Geography and the teacher is Menno Ruppert.