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Mechanical engineering lexis and CLIL principles in acquisition of content-based lexical competence in English

Martina Lipkova

DOI: 10.18355/XL.2020.13.02.15

The effectiveness of CLIL methodology in teaching Mechanics as an academic subject was examined through a pedagogical experiment at a secondary vocational school of mechanical engineering. In Slovakia, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) is considered one of the bilingual forms of education that enables students to learn both the subject-based content and the content-based foreign language simultaneously. Closer cooperation between language and academic subject teachers was assumed in planning the school curricula with a focus on specialist lexical competence acquisition. Higher vocational secondary schools in Slovakia are showing increasing interest in CLIL. In the dual-focused educational approach, language is considered both a tool for communication and a subject for teaching and learning. CLIL balances foreign language skills acquisition and vocational education, thereby significantly supporting personal development, responsibility, and motivation in students.

Key words: content, language, integration, acquisition, competence, principles

Pages: 176 - 188

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