How do Students Think about Soft CLIL in the Basque Secondary Schools?
Keywords:The Basque Autonomous Community, multilingual, Soft CLIL, perception, attitudes
The Basque Autonomous Community, which is a bilingual community of Basque and Spanish, has adopted CLIL as a method to teach English as a foreign language with on-line materials as well as written materials. The object of this study is to investigate how the students think about studying subjects in English, in the form of Soft CLIL (Language-driven) in the Basque-medium school. The participants (n = 127) are 1st year secondary students. For them it is the 8th year to study English and 5th month to study subjects in English, in Soft CLIL. The results show that attitudes towards studying subjects in English are positive among overall students, whereas the majority of them want to learn subjects in Basque. The students who want to study subjects in English perceive the effect of Soft CLIL more than the others. The results obtained seem to confirm that Soft CLIL plays a positive role as a pre-stage to advance to Hard CLIL (Content-driven). The present study shows the pedagogical implication of adopting Soft CLIL to Asian countries.
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