The CLIL’s lack of philosophy

Whilst there is quite a large amount of CLIL resources for a wide range of subjects, such as social and natural science, there is no significant number of CLIL materials for the subject-matter of philosophy. This fact is even more surprising considering the similarities between the philosophical and the CLIL approaches.

Taking into account that CLIL increases the awareness of the overall close relationship between content and language, builds bridges between knowledge areas and opens up doors to high cognitive demanding learning environments, the subject of philosophy should be considered as one of the most appropriate areas for implementing CLIL.

Having text analysis and ideas debate at the core of its procedures, the specific philosophical approach to the different topics make the students face a situation in which they must be highly aware of the intimate connection between language and content. The philosophy class becomes therefore the agora where content and communication meet at their purest state.

Furthermore, the philosophy class has always favoured interdisciplinary work. Its critical reflection on global issues allows to link a wide range of subjects and to build up on what has already been learnt while replacing it in a more challenging and cognitive demanding learning environment.

Another reason which enables to work High Ordering Thinking Skills within the subject-matters of the area of philosophy is that they tend to appear at the later stages of secondary education, when students have already achieved an A2-B1 level of the foreign language and are able to meet higher language demands.

Here are a few interesting examples of CLIL materials for philosophy which we hope will encourage both philosophy and foreign language teachers to work together and develop further resources:


CIREL’S ready-to-use CLIL materials


The CIREL website, an agency of the Education Department of the Catalan Government, offers a large bank of ready-to-use CLIL didactic units covering a wide range of topics of various subject areas for both primary and secondary school.

These materials have been designed by Catalan teachers during a paid-study leave in the UK and are displayed in two different blocks: one collects materials which cover 35 teaching hours; the other lists 6-10 teaching hours materials. Although Catalan is the vehicular language of the site, all worksheets, teacher’s guidelines, activities descriptions and further materials are written in English. It is really worth taking a look at them.

We would like to congratulate the teachers who have designed these materials for their great job and thank them for sharing it.

Excellent bank of CLIL materials for primary and secondary school

The Consejería de Educación de la Junta de Andalucía has published an amazing collection of CLIL materials in English for both primary and secondary school. It also offers CLIL activities in German and French.

The collection gathers a generous number of materials for the main curriculum subjects .The didactic units are widely developed containing visually attractive worksheets with a great variety of exercises.

We would like to congratulate the authors and advisors of these materials on their excellent job and thank the Consejería de Educación de la Junta de Andalucía  for sharing them.