This module will raise your practical and theoretical awareness of CLIL educational contexts. You will explore key principles in CLIL and their application to teaching practice. You will have opportunities to investigate at least one specified CLIL context, to create CLIL teaching and learning materials and design a CLIL training course with accompanying materials.

This module carries 30 credits.


" it is interesting, the activities in the units are relevant to the topic and you can do them at your own pace. I think it is really well done. "

Ximena - 2019

Is this course for you?

Location: Online
Experience: Degree. language teaching experience
Language Level: B2/C1 or higher
Course dates: 
8 April - 12 June 2024
Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA awarded by University of Chichester
Course Length: 8 weeks (+ 1 week break)
Course fees: £1210
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

Professional development and networking in CLIL
The range of educational contexts which make up the field of CLIL; how to define what constitutes a CLIL context
The theoretical domains of language education and learning which contribute to an understanding of CLIL
How to describe the language used in subject materials and in the classroom teaching of subjects
How to use techniques for investigating subject and classroom language
A range of approaches to, and methodologies for, teaching CLIL
The range of tasks used in integrating content and language and how to design such tasks
The factors determining the construction of assessment procedures in CLIL; how to design assessment procedures for a specific CLIL context
Objectives – at the level of a CLIL activity and at the level of CLIL-based educational policy

Assessment (written after completion of the course and supervised at distance by tutors):

A portfolio (50%) containing TWO of the following three options:

  1. An INSET course for a specified context.
  2. A set of materials designed for a specific CLIL context.
  3. A report on a small-scale investigation in a CLIL context.

Main assignment (3,000 words) (50%) in the form of an experience report with critical comment, OR a case study rooted in a CLIL context OR a report on research into an aspect of CLIL.

" It was useful, meaningful, enjoyable and inspiring. It was also very interactive amongst the participants and the tutor, we learnt so much from each other and shared so much of our own experience and ideas. "

Suzannah - 2018

" It covers all important aspects that teachers need to know, it´s practical and well-paced, it has very good guidance. "

Alejandra - 2018

Further Information

Online courses are broken down into individual units and activities, forming a clear structure. Tasks will be interactive, involving voice chat, forums and community walls, and they will utilize a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos. Participants need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. You can do much of the course on a tablet or mobile device, but will need a computer for certain activities.

All participants have access to NILE’s extensive ELT e-library and the NILE digital Tasks are interactive, involving live online sessions, forums and community walls, and utilise a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos.

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

MA Module 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
8 April - 12 June 2024 Online 8 weeks
8 April - 12 June 2024 Online 8 weeks