CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) is a motivating and active way of teaching a subject/content through the foreign language.
The need for being more and more competent in languages since childhood brought all the actors in the education field to reflect upon the study of languages.
In Italy, Dr. Gisella Langé promoted the IBI-BEI project, supported by MIUR, USR Lombardia and British Council, which saw 6 primary schools form Lombardy engaged in a bilingual education project (as in Spain).
Nowadays the schools (I.C "Copernico", from Corsico, is one of these schools) are more and more engaged in nets of schools promoting CLIL and Internationalism.
Dr. Angela Panzarella, for her students "Miss Angela", is the referent teacher for Internationalism in the I.C. "Copernico". She promotes Internationalism and she is a CLIL expert and CLIL teacher trainer. She is also one of the 20 teachers involved in the action-research of CEFR Companion Volume with New Descriptors. The action-research is under the guidance of Dr. Gisella Langé (MIUR) and Dr. Letizia Cinganotto (INDIRE).
CLIL is something extraordinary. I would say "Change Learning Into Living" as a new acronym for CLIL.
Students are the real actors, they live the content and the language at the same way.
We are always ready to talk about "learning by doing". This is it. CLIL is learning by doing. Students don't feel they are learning, but they are, actually. They experiment the knowledge of the new content through English language.
Everyday we "act" what we are learning to.
Children work on Interaction and through all the language skills.
Furthermore they are engaged in motivating activities: from lapbooks to dioramas passing through games and webtools used for CLIL.
HERE the Eurydice report about teaching languages in Europe.
HERE the report of British Council about the IBI/BEI Project (as it all started).