CLIL stands for Content and Language Integrated Learning. That means students learn the content of any subject in a language that is different from their native language. CLIL has emerged in European education scene as an effective method to empower students’ foreign language skills while covering traditional lesson contents. The "CLIL Essentials" course is a dynamic and hands-on Erasmus+ professional development program designed for teachers who seek practical expertise in integrating content and language using the CLIL approach. This course equips educators with the fundamental knowledge and practical strategies to effectively integrate content and language in their classrooms using the CLIL approach.
Participants will explore the core principles of CLIL pedagogy, gaining insights into how to seamlessly blend language learning with subject-based instruction. Throughout the course, participants will engage in immersive and practical learning experiences, focusing on real-world applications of CLIL pedagogy. Through interactive workshops, collaborative projects, and classroom simulations, teachers will gain valuable insights into integrating language instruction seamlessly within subject-based lessons. The course will provide a wide range of practical tools, techniques, and resources that participants can immediately apply in their teaching practice. Teachers will have the opportunity to design and refine their own CLIL lesson plans, receiving constructive feedback from experienced trainers and fellow educators. They will explore diverse instructional strategies, authentic materials, and innovative assessment methods that promote active learning and language acquisition.
By the end of the course, teachers will have gained practical expertise in implementing CLIL, enabling them to create engaging and language-rich classrooms. This course equips educators with the tools and confidence to maximize student engagement, foster bilingual proficiency, and establish meaningful cross-curricular connections, ensuring that their CLIL practice is both effective and practical.
Understanding CLIL Principles: Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles and theoretical foundations of CLIL, including the benefits of integrating content and language instruction.
Practical Implementation Strategies: Teachers will acquire a repertoire of practical strategies, techniques, and tools for effectively implementing CLIL in their classrooms. They will learn how to seamlessly integrate language instruction within subject-based lessons, fostering active learning and engagement.
Designing CLIL Lesson Plans: Participants will develop the skills to design well-structured CLIL lesson plans that effectively combine content and language objectives. They will learn to create language-rich learning environments and incorporate appropriate instructional materials and resources.
Assessment Methods for CLIL: Teachers will explore a variety of assessment methods suitable for evaluating both content mastery and language acquisition within the CLIL context. They will gain insights into formative and summative assessment strategies that align with CLIL principles.
Collaborative Learning and Peer Feedback: Educators will engage in collaborative learning activities and peer feedback sessions, allowing them to share experiences, exchange ideas, and provide constructive feedback on each other's CLIL practices. This fosters a supportive and reflective professional learning community.
Cross-Curricular Connections: Participants will explore ways to establish meaningful cross-curricular connections within CLIL lessons, enabling students to make connections between different subject areas and deepen their understanding of concepts.
Promoting Bilingual Proficiency: Teachers will develop strategies to support bilingual proficiency and language development in students, enabling them to become confident communicators in both the target language and the content area.
Reflective Practice: Participants will engage in reflective practice, critically evaluating their own CLIL implementation and identifying areas for improvement. They will develop a reflective mindset to continuously enhance their CLIL practice beyond the course.
Lessons will take place Monday to Friday in the morning:
Day 1 - Introduction to CLIL and Its Principles
Welcoming and Introduction of the course programme
Presentation of participants
Overview of CLIL and its benefits
Theoretical foundations of CLIL
Exploring the four Cs of CLIL: Content, Communication, Cognition, and Culture
Day 2: Designing Effective CLIL Lesson Plans
Understanding the structure of a CLIL lesson
Identifying content and language objectives
Selecting and adapting authentic materials for CLIL lessons
Hands-on practice in designing CLIL lesson plan
Day 3: Strategies for Integrating Content and Language
Language scaffolding techniques for CLIL lessons
Incorporating vocabulary development and language skills within content instruction
Promoting active learning and student engagement in CLIL classrooms
Collaborative learning activities for language and content integration
Day 4: Assessment in CLIL
Types of assessment in CLIL: formative and summative
Designing assessments that evaluate content understanding and language acquisition
Providing effective feedback in CLIL contexts
Reflecting on assessment results for instructional improvement
Day 5: Cross-Curricular Connections and Future Applications
Establishing cross-curricular connections in CLIL lessons
Exploring interdisciplinary approaches and projects
Reflective practice and professional growth in CLIL
Action planning for implementing CLIL in participants' own classrooms
Wrap-up Session: Reflecting on individual learning experiences and insights gained from the course
Networking and Collaboration: Facilitating opportunities for participants to connect, exchange contact information, and foster professional networking
Course Evaluation: Collecting feedback from participants regarding the course content, delivery, and overall experience
Certificates: Presenting course completion certificates to participants as recognition of their successful completion of the course and Erasmus+ documents
The 5-day course fee per participant is set at 400€, which provides comprehensive coverage for all aspects of the program. This fee includes the following:
Course Materials: Participants will receive all necessary course materials, including handouts, guides, and resources, to support their learning throughout the program.
Administrative Support: Participants will benefit from administrative assistance before, during, and after the course, ensuring a smooth registration process, timely communication, and any necessary follow-up support.
Monitoring and Mentoring: The course fee covers monitoring and mentoring services provided by experienced professionals who will guide participants throughout the program, offering personalized support, feedback, and guidance.
Coffee Breaks: Participants will enjoy refreshments during coffee breaks, fostering networking opportunities and providing a relaxed environment for informal discussions and interactions.
Other Inclusions: The fee also covers any additional services or resources required for the successful implementation of the course, ensuring a comprehensive and fulfilling learning experience.
We strive to ensure that participants receive exceptional value for their investment in the course, with the fee covering a wide range of services and resources that contribute to their professional development and overall satisfaction.