Exploring CLIL in English as a Second Language (ESL) Lessons at the Tertiary Level: A Pilot Study at a Public University in Sabah, Malaysia


  • Suhaida Omar Universiti Malaysia Sabah
  • Joan James


CLIL, integrated language learning, English


This paper outlines a pilot study on exploring the possibilities of implementing the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach in English lessons at a local public university. The participants were fifteen undergraduates who were considered as low-intermediate English learners and they were from different faculties. They were placed as an experimental group and exposed to the CLIL approach for ten weeks. Throughout the lessons, the participants’ language progress was observed through formative and summative assessments and at the end of the semester they were asked to fill in the questionnaire about their perceptions on CLIL. The tests showed a gradual improvement in terms of their language proficiency and the results from the questionnaires indicated students’ positive responses. It can be concluded that CLIL is a useful approach in motivating students to learn English for authentic purposes and in a less traditional way.


Author Biography

Suhaida Omar, Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Head of TESL Programme (HT 06)/ Senior Lecturer


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How to Cite

Omar, S., & James, J. (2014). Exploring CLIL in English as a Second Language (ESL) Lessons at the Tertiary Level: A Pilot Study at a Public University in Sabah, Malaysia. Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, 2(5). Retrieved from https://www.ajouronline.com/index.php/AJHSS/article/view/1565