A systematic literature review on the realization of the dual focus in CLIL’s subject and language classrooms.

  • Liesbeth Martens (Speaker)
  • Mettewie, L. (Speaker)
  • Jan Elen (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


‘I’, in the acronym CLIL, refers to the integration of both content and language objectives, also known as 'dual focus'. To realize this goal, there should ideally be cooperation between the CLIL- subject and the language teacher. However, in secondary schools in Flanders (Belgium), such cooperation could be enhanced.
In order to inform a forthcoming intervention study, it was crucial to identify (a) what exactly is meant by 'dual focus' in the literature, (b) how dual focus can be translated into CLIL classroom practice, (c) how the cooperation of teachers can concretely be implemented to achieve dual focus in both courses. A systematic search strategy in multiple research databases (via Limo) revealed 46 relevant studies.
This literature study allows us to ground, finetune and contextualize ‘dual focus’ in CLIL and to highlight how such a preliminary work contributes to the development of a professionalization program for language and subject teachers.
Period7 Jul 2022
Event titleWorld CLIL 2022: Sharing Classrooms, Sharing Worlds
Event typeConference
LocationDen Haag, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • CLIL
  • subject / language classrooms
  • Flanders
  • teachers collaboration