From 31st Aug – 8 Sept 2017 a group of Austrian secondary bilingual school teachers took a bespoke CLIL (content and language integrated learning) and language development course at NILE. The seven-day intensive programme covered a range of CLIL topics, including: identifying subject specific language; reading and listening in CLIL; supporting spoken and written output; the principles of materials design for CLIL; assessment in CLIL. The teachers also had opportunities to explore the use of technology in their teaching and experienced a sample CLIL lesson.
The course culminated in a morning of presentations and micro-teach sessions prepared by the teachers. These mini sessions allowed the teachers to show what they had learned from the course and it was very pleasing to see the range of materials and activities that were shared. Although the teachers all taught different subjects, including Maths, Geography, Philosophy, Physical Education, Biology and Cookery, the group were able to show how CLIL approaches could be applied across the curriculum. The micro-teaches included: a fish-bone co-operative learning reading task; various card sorting activities, such as matching words and definitions; use of graphic organisers and speaking frames to support the learning. The standard of materials design in particular was extremely impressive.
The course proved to be very useful for the participants, providing them with a lot of practical ideas that will be taken back to Austria and used in the teachers’ own classrooms.
They were also keen to enjoy their time outside class and their social programme included one of the famous Norwich Ghost walks as well as a trip to see Cambridge and the Norfolk coast.
The teachers said:
"The course was quite challenging. I learned a lot."
"I can use many things from the course also in other subjects. It does not have to be a CLIL lesson."
"NILE employs very motivated and highly-skilled teachers. They managed to give us a lot of input in the short time we had."