Reading Aloud in English and Discussing the Discovery of America: One CLIL Lesson Plan from a Double-focused Integrated Course for Primary School


  • Maria Pushkareva Ural State Pedagogical University


Content and language integrated Learning (CLIL) today is often taken as a mainstream in world second language education (ESL) albeit typically optional than obligatory. In Russia the CLIL methodology is not widespread yet but steadily gains popularity. The article presents one lesson plan, “Meet Christopher Columbus”, from an integrated double focused course for 4th grade children devoted to reading fluency and world history. The author undertakes a theoretical and empirical approach.

The main educational resource of the lesson is the well-known American poem for kids, “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue”, by Jean Marzollo (Marzollo, 1948). The lesson goals are to improve oral reading technique and discuss some essential questions about the discovery of America. The lesson framework is based on Do Coyle’s 4C’s model (Coyle, 1999, 2006). Scaffolding strategies include some visuals in the PowerPoint (pictures and videos), translanguaging and codeswitching when necessary during the lesson.

The lesson had been piloted in Ekaterinburg municipal school №171 in 2021 and proved to be effective in boosting self-esteem in reading and motivating children to learn more about historical figures and events.

Author Biography

Maria Pushkareva, Ural State Pedagogical University

Maria Pushkareva is a postgraduate student at the Institute of Foreign Languages (Ural State Pedagogical University) and an English teacher in service. She also has a Bachelor diploma in history. Now her research interests are in primary language education though history is forever in her heart. She thinks that history potential for young learners is underestimated and CLIL can become an effective way to educate new citizens who can speak to the world in one language.





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