In an earlier post, my colleague and previous mentor Tim had raised the question “why”- now, like he himself says, here can be several interpretations to this why….for me, the most important reason is trying to find a common ground. Having had exposure to several different curricula, I feel that it is important to find the best of, if not all, at least the two worlds to which the children in school have the most exposure to. Being a Primary Homeroom teacher, I feel it is important for me to be able to not just grade my language for non native speakers of English, but also to be able to help the children relate to the concepts in English. It is a natural tendency for us to “think” in our mother tongue and non-native speakers of English will do just that!
This is where I would like to quote Jeremy Harmer; he says “it is teaching English and an academic subject at the same time”- this aptly sums up my intentions and motivation for doing this course in CLIL.