Andalusian CLIL: Does the private school sector siphon off all the motivated/well-trained CLIL teachers?

According to an article in the February 1 edition of the ELGazette, p. 13, , Anthony Bruton raises his doubts on the efficacy of CLIL (and EFL)  in Andalusia and one of the reasons for this is – I venture to say his major reason –  is teacher selection. See selected quotes below:

“The question then becomes an institutional one, not necessarily a local cultural one: why do state communicative initiatives for FLs generally fail?

   One factor, which would be very difficult to investigate, may be teacher selection.”

Then explaining the relative CLIL success of the private (CLIL) sector,

“The other implicit feature of programmes that are selective is that they probably rely on motivated teachers who have opted in as well. In other words, there is also teacher self-selection, and, as I mentioned above, teacher selection is probably crucial, and then there is the training.” 

Or to put it in my plain and provocative rhetoric, “when CLIL works in Andalusia then it is in the private sector because of more motivated and better trained teachers”. 

Which raises several hopefully, interesting questions:

Is this true?

Is this also the case in other countries? And if so, why?





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I am a teacher trainer at the University of Education of Upper-Austria in Austria
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One Response to Andalusian CLIL: Does the private school sector siphon off all the motivated/well-trained CLIL teachers?

  1. flordejara says:

    “Why do state communicative initiatives for FLs generally fail?” “Generally?” Why do you assume they fail? I have been a teacher of EFL for ten years in state secondary schools (in Extremadura, really close from Andalusia with a pretty similar socio-economic background). I’ve had the opportunity to see the difference in language acquisition and foreign language competence in students who take secondary within the Clil program and those who don’t. The clil program does work and benefits students in many ways (not just in their linguistic competence). Clil state programs are basically the only field in which Spanish education would make it to European standards. I agree that the initial selection of teachers was often dodgy, just like anything launched by politicians over here (let’s admit it), but now it’s a lot more difficult to become a clil teacher and language and clil qualifications that must be met by those who want to join the program are hard to get. If you don’t trust me, take any foreign language B2 test at the EOI (Official School of Languages). In addition, with new regulations on the issue, all clil programs whose teachers don’t meet the necessary qualifications will be eliminated in the next academic year.

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