(Content and language integrated learning)
As part of the international ethos of the school, The Willink offers students of specific year groups opportunities to take part in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) lessons. This innovative teaching style combines both a content subject (eg. Food Technology, Music, Geography, History) with a language (French, German or Spanish). CLIL Lessons are planned with a content objective, as they would if the lesson was being taught in English, but the language of communication in the classroom is French, German or Spanish. The Willink School has carried out several projects with this teaching approach which have been highly successful. Past projects include; History in French for Y7, PE in German for Y8, Science in German and French for Y9 and Geography in French for Y10. Students have also studied Music in French or Food Technology in French for a full year as part of their Year 8 curriculum allocation. A year 8 Geography module on Europe is regularly taught through French. Recently highlighted in the national press, CLIL provides the students with many benefits including: increased motivation, increased challenge, progress in thinking skills, development of communication strategies and confidence in language manipulation.