Lilija VILKANCIENĖ works for the ISM University of Management and Economics as a senior lecturer, where she teaches Business English, Academic Writing and Effective Communication courses. She has been involved in a number of EU projects as a manager and in the British Council ESP and CLIL projects as facilitator and teacher trainer. Since 2004 she has been interested in CLIL in secondary and tertiary education and has conducted a number of workshops for teachers. In 2010-2012 Lilija worked for Vilnius University Institute of Foreign Languages and managed a CLIL project for Lithuanian CLIL teachers “The development of CLIL in Lithuania” financed by Lithuanian government and the EU funds.

PLENARY (joint presentation with Vilma Bačkiūtė and Vilma Bijeikienė)


The Interface Between Competence-based Education and CLIL

A priority area within the Education & Training 2020 agenda (EU) is to promote learning mobility for all learners at all levels of education and training. Language skills are important prerequisites for increasing employability and competitiveness. There is an obvious need for innovative methods for developing transversal skills, including language, for better career opportunities. Content and Language Integrated Learning might be the key. CLIL’s most iconic phrase, ‘Using languages to learn and learning to use languages’ is relevant to increased opportunities for employment.

Improving the outcomes of education and training by investing in competence-based approaches and promoting language skills in particular can only happen if we provide an appropriate educational environment.

In Lithuania, CLIL was considered as a methodology through several projects implemented at the national level since 2003. This talk attempts to reflect on the Lithuanian context and practice that benefited from the projects (2003 – 2013) and in the light of changing demands and expectations for education, including policy dialogue at the interface between competence-based education and CLIL.