Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is the practice of teaching subjects such as science, mathematics or history in English to learners whose first language is not English.

This online course helps you to become an educational practitioner ready to support learners in bilingual or multilingual CLIL settings.

You will explore the particular needs of CLIL learners, discover ideas to use in a CLIL classroom and develop the know-how to design your own CLIL activities.


" What I liked best about the course were the suggested techniques for teaching lessons using the language, the different strategies and methods that help students connect the subject matter with the language, and the feedback methods suggested   "

Bibigul, June 2023

Is this course for you?

Location: Online
Teachers working in bilingual education contexts and/or teaching bilingual learners at primary or secondary level.
Language teachers working alongside subject teachers and/or teaching subject content in their lessons.
Language Level: B2 or higher
Course dates: 8 April - 12 June 2024
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertTP
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fees:
Course fee £495
Trinity CertPT qualification (optional): £325
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 18
Tutor-led and highly interactive
Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms
Specialist ELT eLibrary
Accredited by AQUEDUTO

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
Reflecting on work completed on the course and identifying areas for continuing professional development

You will explore the particular needs of CLIL learners, discover ideas to use in a CLIL classroom and develop the know-how to design your own CLIL activities.

Throughout the course you will be able to share, discuss and collaborate with other learners.

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" I really enjoyed the course and feel I have gained enough knowledge to confidently begin training teachers in the CLIL methodology. "


" Everything was clear, excellent and detailed. Everyone cared for us when we had a problem. "


Further Information

NILE Online courses are highly interactive and learning takes place through varied and engaging multimedia content and the collaboration between participants from different contexts. All participants work on the same unit in the same week but there is a high level of flexibility within that time period to help you fit studying around your life and work. The interaction via forums and the other powerful digital tools built into the platform help and encourage you to share ideas, ask questions, explore concepts and build up a community.

You need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. Much of the course can be done on a mobile device, but a computer is needed for certain activities and tasks.

All participants have access to NILE's extensive ELT e-library and an innovative social and cultural programme.

Meet a Course Tutor: 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.