Keynote speech from International seminar 2021 organised by CLIL-HET project.
Title: Grounded theory analysis as a basis for the implementation of authentic language in CLIL contexts
Presentation by: Georg Hellmayr and Ronald Kemsies
Recorded on: 11 March 2021
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and related teaching approaches have sparked a growing interest in the use of English in subject-specific contexts. This shift away from language-specific to non-language specific topics entails a number of challenges, especially for non-native CLIL material writers. Due to factors such as conflicting teaching traditions or transfer problems from L1 to L2, course books written by non-natives can inadvertently exhibit contrived language exponents, which ultimately results in inauthentic usage on the part of the learners.
Against this background, this presentation raises the question of what teachers and materials writers can learn from authentic language use in L1 Science textbooks for Keystage 2. This corpus linguistic analysis reveals a number of frequent patterns which English school children are typically exposed to and which could serve as a useful blueprint for native as well as non-native ELT materials writers.