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CLIL - Principles and Best Practice

Locations: Norwich, England

Course Details


dates:  01 -12 August 2016

The  course  is designed for:

  • Teachers who are engaged in delivery of subjects across the school curriculum through the medium of English or another foreign language.
  • Teachers of subjects across the curriculum as well as language teachers.
  • Participants with a minimum language level corresponding to A2/B1 on the Common European Framework.

Aims and Objectives:

  • To improve participants' command of English, especially in their classrooms
  • To explore the history of teaching content in English and English through content, so as to   identify evidence of principles underlying effective practice
  • To consider the qualities and skills required by teachers involved in CLIL in a primary context
  • To explore in practical ways the materials and methodology appropriate to CLIL in a primary context
  • To raise participants' language awareness and linguistic competence at word, sentence and discourse level
  • To identify and explore key issues in syllabus/course design
  • To consider the modes of delivery and types of classroom interaction most appropriate to CLIL
  • To consider the test instruments and assessment procedures which can be used in CLIL contexts with different language levels and content areas  

All course participants receive a pre-­course questionnaire, which should be returned prior to the course.  This is to ensure that the areas of most relevance to participants are covered.  However, topics are likely to be drawn from the following main areas:

  • Personal language development
  • Key concepts and theories in CLIL methodology  
  • Language for managing the classroom and giving instructions   
  • Basic discourse analysis in key content areas  
  • Types of questions and questioning techniques  
  • Materials development (task design, working with texts, visuals etc.)  
  • Subject-­centred vocabulary-­building  
  • Thinking skills and their role in activities and materials design  
  • Code-­switching and working bilingually  
  • Language support for content learning  
  • Creating a language-­rich classroom environment  
  • Review of a range of internet and print resources for participants' selected content areas
  • Assessment and testing
  • Microteaching of CLIL activities

Time will be built into the course for reflection and for participants to consider how to adapt ideas from the course to classrooms in their own professional contexts.  
A  significant element of English language improvement and/or development of language awareness will be involved.

All course participants receive a pre-course questionnaire which should be returned prior to the course. This is to ensure that the areas of most relevance to participants are covered.

Classes will be practical and "hands-on" but with reference to relevant theory.
Course participants have free access to an extensive library and a modern suite of computers with a broadband Internet link.  The course venues have a wireless (Wi-­Fi) environment.

Dates and fees:

registration fee      course fee   
  accommodation     total
   £150  (€250)
   £910  (€1.320)
     £420  (€588)
 £1,480  (€2.123)

The fees include

  • 25 hours tuition per week, with a guest-speaker programme of internationally known experts
  • carefully selected homestay accommodation      OR
  • residential self-catering accommodation at the University of East Anglia from July to Sptmeber and by arrangment at certain other times.
  • materials, including course file, handouts, city map, information on Norwich and attendance certificate
  • use of resource centre and library
  • free wi-fi and access to computer centre
  • social programme - comprising evening activities and weekend excursions to places of interest such as Cambridge and the Norfolk Coast

not included

  • airport transfers
  • insurance

School Details

The school was established in 1995 by directors with extensive experience of ELT worldwide.  It was set up as a specialist teacher development institute to provide courses of the highest quality for teachers from all over the world. The number and range of these courses continues to grow, and the range of work has been extended to cover the following main areas:

  • Professional development programmes for EL teachers and trainers
  • Professional development programmes for CLIL teachers (using English as a medium of instruction), including vocational teachers
  • Modular postgraduate courses up to Masters level for second or foreign language teaching professionals under a programme validated by Leeds Metropolitan University
  • CELTA and DELTA training (as an accredited centre for Cambridge ESOL)
  • BEC and TKT exam preparation courses by arrangement
  • International consultancy
  • International project management
  • Delivery of short courses, seminars and workshops worldwide
  • One-to-one and executive language training

The school has grown to become the biggest single provider of professional development courses for EL teachers and trainers in Europe. It was the first institute to be accredited by the British Council for the provision of teacher development courses and all these courses qualify for either Comenius, Grundtvig or Leonardo funding. It is a member of EnglishUK and an official examination centre for Cambridge exams. It is also one of the very few independent UK organisations accredited to run courses offering qualifications up to Masters level, through a modular programme allowing teachers to choose to go for a PG Cert., PG Dip., or an MA. It also runs BEC and TKT exam preparation courses by special arrangement. Its Cambridge CELTA courses have a 99% pass rate.

Hundreds of courses for thousands of participants from over 60 different countries have been run. As well as running open-enrolment courses, the school works closely with education ministries, regional authorities and institutional partners around the world to design and deliver tailor-made courses. Consultants and trainers are also sent all over the world to help with practical advice and training in the field of English language education.

Accommodation Details

Homestay accommodation is provided in single study-bedrooms with carefully selected hosts. It comprises bed, breakfast & evening meal each day and light lunch (or packed lunch, as appropriate) at weekends.

Residential accommodation is provided on campus at the University of East Anglia in single study-bedrooms with private bathroom. The accommodation is on a bed & breakfast (B&B) basis in university houses or flats with a shared kitchen/dining room, fully equipped for self-catering.

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