UDC 371.3:811
Biblid: 1451-3188, 16 (2017)
Vol. 17, No 60, pp. 310-319

Оriginal article
Received: 01 Jan 1970
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970


Beko Lidija (Рударско-геолошки факултет, Универзитет у Београду, Е-маил), lidija.beko@rgf.bg.ac.rs
Ošmjanski Vera (Универзитет Сингидунум, Београд), vosmjanski@singidunum.ac.rs

The paper addresses the increasing role of the English language in higher education as a result of globalization and internationalization. The aforementioned occurrences have largely transformed higher education into the marketing realm, which steered the universities throughout Europe and the world to manoeuvre in a commercial manner and to ever more adopt English as a global language of education. The paper further suggests that the introduction of CLIL offers a necessary linguistic potential to the nation due to its flexible nature. Namely, the 4C’s character of CLIL methodology incorporates the wide range of scientific, linguistic, cultural and political realities within the context in which it exists. Furthermore, effective CLIL enables the integration of the domain of higher-level cognitive and communicative skills along with the inter-cultural consciousness. The totality of the abovementioned characteristics shapes the conclusion in line with the need for CLIL language practices, bringing both students and professors closer to the competitive international education, science and language standards, which in the context of the educational environment is imposed as inevitable. The adoption of CLIL methodology in our region rests on the soft field of legislation and is based on the recommendations, opinions, principles and declarations that are passed in good faith and belief. Bearing in mind that Serbia is a candidate for membership in the European Union, the convergence of national policies and objectives seem to be the most sustainable if it is harmonized with the above-mentioned forms of soft law.

Keywords: internationalization, lingua franca, CLIL method, soft laws