New Trilingual Study Track at Grenoble Ecole De Management – Content and Language Apprenticeship Through CLIL

Grenoble, France, April 23, 2009 --( Starting from September 2009, forty French students at Grenoble Ecole de Management (Grande Ecole) will have the opportunity of embarking on a trilingual study track based on the language pedagogy: ‘Content and Language Integrated Learning’ (CLIL).

CLIL involves teaching a curricular subject through the medium of a language other than the first language of the learners involved. The subject can be entirely unrelated to language learning, such as management or finance courses being taught in English or Spanish.

Courses will be delivered in English, French, and Spanish or German during the entire length of study of the selected students. The languages the courses will be delivered in depend on the relevance with the courses’ content. For example, international accounting will be taught in English, whilst other courses will be taught with a combination of all three languages.

Aside from time in class, Grenoble students will also spend time abroad on academic exchanges and compulsory internships.

Nancy Armstrong, professor and head of this new specialisation at Grenoble Ecole de Management said: “CLIL has proven to be very effective in the apprenticeship of a language and of content. While students learn the content, they learn the language and vice versa. More common in primary and secondary education, it remains a very innovative method in higher education and in France in general.”

CLIL method is supported by both The Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) and the European Commission.

Students will still need to sit an additional language course.

Grenoble Ecole de Management
Mary Zaccai
+ 33 4 76 70 61 87