This course will help you to identify and understand the characteristics of a CLIL-based approach. As part of the course you will learn how to develop your students’ knowledge of a curriculum subject as well as their language skills and proficiency. The course is highly practical, using current CLIL theory to illustrate lesson and course design, effective classroom practice, materials design and CLIL-based assessment parameters. As a participant on the course you will have the opportunity to share your own experiences and concerns, with a view to developing and improving your own practice and implementing change within your own particular educational contexts.


" It was an interesting course and a pleasant experience. "

Participant - 2018

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Location: Norwich
Teachers of subjects across the curriculum teaching through the medium of English as well as language teachers
Language Level: Minimum level A2/B1
Course dates:
22 July - 2 August 2024
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertPT
Course Length: 2 weeks
Course fees:
Registration fee: £175
Course fee: £1125
Trinity CertPT qualification (optional): £325
Accommodation (2 weeks):
Homestay (half-board): £546
Residential (half-board): £616
Residential (self-catering): £546
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Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 16
Free social and cultural programme
Cross-curricular and cultural workshops
Specialist ELT Library
Complementary eLearning platform

Course content

Identifying the key parameters of the CLIL approach
Developing a range of practical activities for CLIL lessons and programmes
Guiding learners’ understanding and encouraging learners’ spoken output in CLIL
Identifying the language of curricular subjects at word, sentence & text levels
Considering test instruments and formative assessment principles and practice in CLIL
Exploring materials and methods appropriate to CLIL
Designing and developing CLIL materials in line with CLIL materials design principles
Creating a language-rich classroom environment
Sharing and analysing resources for CLIL content areas
Analysing the content-language relationship
Promoting and supporting thinking skills in CLIL
Micro-teaching and small project-based presentations

This course explores the history of teaching content in English and English through content, and identifies the principles underlying effective practice.

You will look at the necessary skills required for CLIL teachers, explore materials and methodologies appropriate to CLIL and raise your language awareness and linguistic competences. Key issues in course design will be examined, as well as testing and assessment procedures in CLIL contexts.

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"I got plenty of tips and tools to improve my lessons and motivation to develop my way of teaching"

Geneviève - 2018

" The quality of teaching was excellent, the course was really intense and interesting. "

Nunziatina - 2018


This course consists of 50 hours of tuition, delivered between 09:00 and 15:30, Monday - Friday. You will also take part in cross-curricular workshops on a variety of topics, and each course includes a free evening and weekend programme of social and cultural activities and trips.

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Further Information

Specific course content comes from feedback you and other participants give us through pre-course questionnaires, identifying your needs and priorities.

Time will be built into the course for reflection and for you to consider how to adapt ideas from the course to your classroom in your own professional contexts.

NILE offers various accommodation options, including homestay with carefully selected hosts and residential accommodation at the University of East Anglia. NILE’s dedicated student welfare team can be reached 24 hours a day.

All NILE courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or the development of language awareness.

Course Leader: Phil Ball

Phil Ball Phil is based in San Sebastián in Spain. He is a CLIL materials writer and teacher-trainer and has been closely involved with the award-winning Basque project, ‘Eleanitz’. He has been involved in several European-based CLIL projects, and has written a wide variety of CLIL-based textbooks for the Basque and Spanish social science and English language programmes. He co-designed the new ‘CLIL Essentials’ online course for the British Council and is the co-author of the new book about CLIL, ‘Putting CLIL into Practice’ (OUP 2015) and his CLIL textbook series for the Basque curriculum was nominated for the ELTONS. Innovation Award in 2016.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
22 July - 02 August 2024 Norwich 2 weeks
22 July - 02 August 2024 with Trinity CertPT Norwich 2 weeks