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Nikula, Tarja, Christiane Dalton-Puffer and Ana Llinares García. 2013. CLIL classroom discourse: Research from Europe. Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education 1 (1) : 70–100.
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John Benjamins
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Under the label of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) the teaching of curriculum subjects through the medium of a foreign language has become a widely accepted feature in mainstream education systems in Europe and other parts of the world. After contextualizing its subject matter in CLIL research as a whole, this article focuses on research into classroom discourse. In order to unravel the complexities involved, three different takes on CLIL classroom discourse are discussed as an evidence-base for (a) language learning, (b) language use and social-interactional aspects of L2-interaction, and (c) processes of knowledge construction in and through a second or foreign language. The article concludes with an outline of requirements for further research in the area.