Advanced TFL and CLIL in Practice for Language Teachers

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  • Activities: Our courses usually include two cultural activities. Further information is available on the page of each location.
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
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  • Price: 820 €


The course has been created for language teachers who want to develop their current knowledge of language teaching practices while trying out and creating effective and interesting activities for second language learners of all levels. Course participants will learn about incorporating advanced teaching methods into their lessons as well as become an expert in the teaching of content (academic subject matter) and language (also known as CLIL) in this well organized and very enjoyable two-week course. 

The first week focuses on advanced strategies and methodologies for teaching a second language. Topics include: warm-up activities, student-centered learning, practicing and observing communicative activities such as role-play, information gap, and problem-solving; Task-Based Learning (TBL) and the TBL framework, teaching pronunciation creatively, the basics of Content-Based Instruction (CBI) for both adult and young learners, contextualized grammar teaching, personal classroom management solutions to the challenges of every course participant, ways for providing constructive feedback, assessment, peer observation, and professional development tips. 

The second week focuses solely on the integration of language and content in teaching and will be useful to both language and academic subject teachers who are active in the combination of teaching content and language (CLIL) in their classrooms. The Italian city of Florence will be used as content and a daily excursion related to course content will be part of each day’s lesson. Topics covered: planning, preparing, and implementing content activities for non-native speakers of a language. 

This second week takes a deeper and integrated skills approach to understanding CLIL (or content based) methodology and introduces course participants to how the teaching language and course content (academic or otherwise) can relate to their own classroom practice. This course includes activity planning, CLIL resources, and aids in the preparation of relevant and creative materials. This second week will also include excursions to important places that relate to course content every day of the week.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this two-week course, participants will learn the key principles of developing captivating materials and gain important knowledge in combining attractive content with effective second language teaching. Participants will become more aware of how to create appropriate and motivating activities to non-native speakers of any language. Finally, Participants will leave the Florence having learned more about the history, people, and places that have made Florence a one-of-a-kind city with a very unique past and present. 

Short teaching presentations will be required during this two-week course for sharing best practices and professional development purposes.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction

Welcome; Course Introductions; Presentations; Warm-up Activities; Needs Analysis; Teacher (and Student) Responsibilities; Learner Preferences, Pair and Group Work; Student versus Teacher centered classrooms; Journal Reflection;

Day 2 – Communicative Language Teaching (CLT)

Is your classroom communicative and interactive enough? Motivating and Communicative activities–let’s practice some; Communicative Competence—what’s more important fluency or accuracy? Teaching through contexts (situations, scenarios, and events);Guided tour of Florence in the afternoon;

Day 3 – Authentic materials

How to incorporate listening and reading texts from the real world of native speakers. Task Based Learning—what can your learners design, create and produce? TBL Framework; Presentations and Feedback, Games and Teaching Pronunciation through innovative language rhythms

Day 4 – CBI vs CLIL

Focus on Content Based Instruction (CBI) versus Content Integrated Learning (CLIL);How to create a CBI or CLIL lesson or unit integrating all four skills; What is the best way to manage a classroom? How to deal with various classroom scenarios? Instructions, Monitoring, Developing Rapport; How should we really correct our students errors in output (writing and speaking)?

Day 5 – Presentations

Final Presentations–Providing learners with feedback—Receiving feedback; Pursuing Professional Development; Peer Observation, Certificates of Attendance, Course wrap-up.

Day 6 – Round up & cultural activities

  • Round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion.
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Day 7 – Rest day

Day off

Day 8 – Getting to know CLIL

Understanding CLIL (or content based) methodology: how the teaching language and course content (academic or otherwise) can relate to their own classroom practice.

Day 9 – Planning activities

Planning content activities for non-native speakers of a language.

Day 10 – Preparing activities

Preparing content activites for non-native speakers of a language.

Day 11 – Implementing activities

Implementing content activities activities for non-native speakers of a language. 

Day 12 – CLIL resources & course closure

  • The preparation of relevant and creative materials.
  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;

Please note:

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the trainer delivering the specific session and the requests of the participants.

If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion.

The number and schedule of the cultural activities depend on the location, not the course; further information is available on each location webpage. The trainer will send you the definitive course schedule approximately two weeks before the course.

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  • 5-16 Jul 2021
  • 2-13 Aug 2021
  • 6-17 Sep 2021
  • 4-15 Oct 2021
  • 1-12 Nov 2021
  • 6-17 Dec 2021
  • 3-14 Jan 2022
  • 7-18 Feb 2022
  • 7-18 Mar 2022
  • 4-15 Apr 2022
  • 2-13 May 2022
  • 6-17 Jun 2022
  • 19-30 Jul 2021
  • 16-27 Aug 2021
  • 13-24 Sep 2021
  • 20 Sep - 1 Oct 2021
  • 11-22 Oct 2021
  • 18-29 Oct 2021
  • 8-19 Nov 2021
  • 15-26 Nov 2021
  • 17-28 Jan 2022
  • 21 Feb - 4 Mar 2022
  • 21 Mar - 1 Apr 2022
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