International Teacher Training — CLIL

CLIL — Content and Language Integrated Learning

This course is designed to provide valuable in-service training for teachers in countries where CLIL is being introduced at secondary and further education levels. All teachers are given a needs-analysis questionnaire to assist us in providing language analysis in specific areas which matches their personal needs and the requirements of their professional life. It is a 1-week course.

Our aims at Clare Language Centre are as follows:

  • to give the teachers participating in the course the opportunity to explore the methodology of teaching subject content through English in order to enhance effective educational practice;
  • to identify and explore key issues in syllabus design and to develop practical approaches to material design and planning involved in a CLIL approach; and
  • to increase the participants’ language awareness and linguistic competence in English.

The maximum number of course participants is 8.

Objectives of the Course

This course is designed to provide important in-service training for teachers in countries where CLIL is being introduced at secondary school level. Its aims are:

  • to explore the methodology of teaching subject content through English in order to enhance effective educational practice;
  • to consider the qualities and skills required by teachers involved in CLIL and English across the curriculum at secondary level;
  • to develop practical approaches to materials design and planning involved in a CLIL approach;
  • to increase participants' language awareness and linguistic competence;
  • to identify and explore key issues in syllabus/course design;
  • to evaluate the delivery and types of classroom interaction most appropriate to CLIL; and
  • to consider the test instruments and assessment procedures which can be used in secondary school CLIL contexts with different language levels and content areas.
Methodology

The course will reflect the results of the pre-course questionnaire completed by all participants. The course will be taught in small groups, combining pair work, group work and formal teaching sessions, as appropriate to the subjects being covered. There will be 20 tuition hours and 5 hours of cultural activities during the one week course. The main areas to be covered will be:

  • personal and professional language development;
  • language for managing the classroom;
  • language analysis in specific subject areas;
  • varieties of questions and questioning techniques;
  • materials development (project design, working with texts and presenting information);
  • subject centred vocabulary-building;
  • language support for content learning;
  • developing a language-rich classroom environment; and
  • work with a range of internet and coursebook resources for participants' selected content areas.

This course includes time for reflection and for participants to consider how to adapt ideas from the course to classrooms in their own context. An evaluation session will be held at the end of the week to review how participants feel the course has worked for them and to provide suggestions for building on their achievements at this course and for their future development and training.

Sample Timetable for 1 week CLIL Course

This timetable is subject to amendment according to the needs of the participants.

  • Monday: Introduction and language Placement Test; English Language Classes, Linguistic training; English Language Speaking Class; Guided Walking Tour of Ennis; Orientation Tour.
  • Tuesday: English Language Grammar Class; Incorporating Authentic Materials into CLIL Teaching; Materials Development for Specific Subjects.
  • Wednesday: English Language Reading Class; Reading Strategies; Language for Managing the Classroom; Groupwork; Pairwork – using a lesson framework; Excursion to The Burren and Cliffs of Moher.
  • Thursday: English Language Writing Class; Approaches to Academic Writing; Materials Development for Specific Subjects.
  • Friday: English Language Speaking Class; Using IT resources in the CLIL classroom; Course Evaluation.