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Students in this course have been working on developing critical thinking skills and each week are given different topics to research and discuss. At the end of the class, students will choose one topic and work as a group to create a video-project about this issue which will be used for assessment. Assessment criteria was negotiated with the students. This class deals with the issue of food. For the demonstration class I have cut the video down and reduced the time for discussion, but in the full class more time would be spent preparing the students for the task and they would have been given topics to research for homework.
This issue is important to our society as too many people take for granted the large quantities of meat that are available each day. Usually we only eat the prime-cuts of meat as well, especially chicken, such as breast and leg. As a result, the extreme demand for cheap and quick meat, has led to the emergence of ethically unsound and unhealthy sources of meat rearing. People may argue that these things are necessary evil, but in fact the health risks far outweigh the benefits. Other health risks include immunity to antibiotics and increased risk of cancer.
What makes it CLIL?
Because the focus of the class is to teach the students something about Food and Food issues, to raise awareness, critical thinking and higher order thinking skills. The focus of this class (and the entire course) is not only language for its own sake but also the content knowledge is part of the learning aims.Content knowledge is assessed and used to grade the students for the course, not only language skills.