The CLIL quality matrix   
     "Achieving good practice in Content and
Language Integrated Learning/
    bilingual education"


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September 2006: CLIL Expert meeting in the Hague

Team work on the CLIL Matrix has been finalised. This internet based awareness raising tool is due to be completed in November 2006. Associated with this is the publication of "Windows on CLIL - Perspectives on Content and Language Integrated Learning in Europe". Downloadable from January 2007 onwards, these expert contributions of CLIL across the ECML member states will be published by the European Platform for Dutch Education in December 2006.

November 2005: CLIL Matrix Workshop

The central workshop of the CLIL project took place on the 3-5 November in Graz, Austria.This ECML Workshop focused on describing good practice in the educational approach termed Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). The workshop identified and considered essential conditions and competencies required so that quality can be achieved and sustained.

Full details can be found in the Central Workshop 6/2005 report, which can be downloaded in pdf format in the Materials section.

April 2005: Project team meeting

CLIL Quality: Building the Matrix
The full CQM team have advanced development of the CLIL Matrix. At the ECML meeting of 15-16 April some 50 major variables were examined and these have been reduced to a core of 16 quality factors. These relate to content, language, integration and learning. These will feature in the basic matrix and be linked to a quality cross-check list. This will enable users of this innovative educational methodology to use this simple tool to establish the extent to which they are controlling quality variables.

Recent interviews introducing CLIL can be found on
Please go to Programmes 3 and 4.
Extracts from the film InterTalk will shortly be available on DVD .

The CLIL Quality Matrix: CQM
CLIL Quality: Linking to the European Union and Associated Countries
Some members of The CLIL Quality Matrix (CQM) Team were instrumental in the planning and presentation of the Luxembourg EU Presidency conference on Plurilingual Education & The Changing European Classroom opened by Mady Delvaux-Stehres, Minister for National Education and Professional Training and President of the Education Council of the European Union, and JŠn Figel, European Commissioner responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Plurilingualism.

Faithful to the topic chosen by the Luxembourg Presidency for the education sector ("Let's learn more languages to speak the same language"), the symposium brought together 230 participants from over 32 countries to exchange views on plurilingualism and teaching methods for language apprenticeships within a Europe in full expansion.

Both the Council of Europe's Language Policy Division and ECML were represented at this landmark conference on CLIL. The CLIL Quality Matrix was formally introduced during an opening plenary session. Interest in both CLIL, and quality factors, was particularly significant in the event.

CLIL Quality: Going Global
The CQM Team was represented at a special international debate involving some 600 participants on 8 April at the Welsh Government Assembly Hall, Cardiff, UK. Organised by the international media (The Guardian Weekly, in association with Macmillan Education), a set of experts examined the global uptake of CLIL with major focus on quality issues.
Information about the event, including new CLIL articles published in the Guardian Weekly can be found at:,12674,1409310,00.html

European CLIL Milestones


Council of Europe (ECML) CLIL Country Profiles published


The Changing European Classroom.
The Potential of Plurilingual Education
symposium, Luxembourg Presidency
conference launchedCouncil of Europe
Workshop (ECML) Describing & Achieving
Good Practice launched

research output



European Commission's Action Plan for
the Promotion of Language Learning & Linguistic Diversity 2004-2006 published

CLILCom (Leonardo) start-up
CLILMatrix (ECML) start-up
CLILAxis (Leonardo) start-up

research output


Major national initiatives

research output


CLIL/EMILE, The European Dimension: Actions, Trends and Foresight Potential, European Commission, published

availability of a comprehensive typology of European CLIL


European Year of Languages, CLIL Compendium launched

trans-national professional development programmes for vocational and professional education


Integrating Competencies for Working Life launched

trans-national professional development programmes for primary and secondary education


Learning with Languages launched, CLIL Consortium founded, CLIL Initiatives for the Millennium published

development needs for 2000-2010 formalized


CEILINK Think Tank convened, Future Scenarios in Content and Language Integrated Learning published, Teaching with Foreign Languages released

experience in primary and secondary education surveyed


InterTalk released, European Centre for Modern Languages Workshop on CLIL in Vocational and Professional Education, Aspects of Implementing CLIL published  

European network established


European Networks in Bilingual Education symposium convened, EuroCLIC Network founded, the term Content and Language Integrated Learning introduced, Teaching Content through a Foreign Language published, Council of Europe Workshop 12B 'Learning and Teaching Non-language Subjects through a Foreign Language'

European-based experiences consolidated


European Commission White Paper on education and training published

pan-European information gathering on depth, scope and scale of 'teaching and learning through foreign languages'


Increased availability of research and development publications

information gathering on minority and majority language learning needs within Europe


European Models of Bilingual Education published, Council of Europe Workshop 12A 'Language Learning for European Citizenship'

interest in bilingual education methodologies increased through Council of Europe activities


Needs surveys and prototypes for professional development produced

interest shown within Europe towards worldwide examples of bilingual education


Increasing frequency of articles published on research and practice

interest in bilingual education methodologies increases due to European socio-economic integration, and globalization


Lingua (DG XXII) launched