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CLIL course for bilingual education

Balancing reality and expectations

This course is designed to help teachers of any TTO subject to develop an understanding of the ideas behind Content & Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), while also developing practical means of effectively integrating content and language in their everyday teaching.

Teachers in bilingual education are required to use CLIL on a daily basis. A problem for many teachers, however, is that they do not feel they have the skills and knowledge to do this. For subject teachers, the question is of how, when and why to focus more explicitly on language and/or culture. For English teachers, there can be uncertainty about their role within the TTO school and the incorporation of meaningful content into their lessons, while also supporting language learning.

Who is the module for?

Participants should be:

  • Practising teachers in TTO schools
  • Currently teaching in English or with a realistic prospect of doing so in the near future.

At this point in time, the module is not open to teachers of languages other than English. Should you be interested in following a CLIL course for Modern Foreign Languages in the future, please let us know so that we can gauge interest.

Key values and objectives

CLIL is about actively using language to teach content material while also facilitating active language production and the processing of feedback. The ‘integration’ element of CLIL is key, as it reminds us that both content and language play important roles in the CLIL classroom and are inextricably linked to one another. That they are both of importance, however, does not need to mean that they should always be assigned an equal amount of lesson time. Also vital in CLIL are cultural and contextual features of the classroom, whether in terms of EIO or of the cultural diversity of the learning environment. An important issue for TTO teachers is the role of their subject and of CLIL within that subject. This module seeks to address this issue.

You will:

  • Discuss the expectations of English and subject teachers in TTO schools, including new developments in the light of TTO 2.0;
  • Become more aware of the CLIL features of your existing practice;
  • Consider your own beliefs in terms of CLIL and the relative roles of language and content in TTO;
  • Gain experience in adapting existing materials and activities to better suit the CLIL environment;
  • Practice ways of providing feedback on both language and content;
  • Learn about scaffolding for learning and assessment in CLIL;
  • Analyse and reflect upon your own practice and that of others in terms of CLIL;
  • Begin to build a collection of (ideas for) CLIL resources that can be applied to or adapted for your subject.

Assessment and certification

Progress will be assessed by means of self- and peer-evaluation. Analysis of own materials and of video recordings of teaching practice will form part of this assessment.Participants will receive an ICLON certificate.

Time and place

Due to lack of registrations, we regret to inform you that the CLIL course of autumn 2018 is cancelled. We hope to inform you soon about the next CLIL course in spring 2019.




In case of cancellation before September 19, 2018 we ask a €25 administration fee per registration. If participation is canceled on or after this date, the full registration fee should be paid. Only written cancellations are accepted (email or letter). Replacement by a colleague is permitted.


For more information, please contact Tessa Mearns.


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