CLIL in Practice: Focus on Florence

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Concept by: Sheila Corwin


This engaging and fun course uses the city of Florence as content and aims at developing academic and language teachers’ knowledge of planning, preparing, and implementing reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities for non-native speakers of a language in their classrooms. It also takes a multidisciplinary approach to understand CLIL (or content-based) methodology and introduces course participants to how the theory of teaching language and specific course content (academic or otherwise) can relate to their own classroom practice.

This course includes lots of activity planning, CLIL resources, and aids in the preparation of creative and engaging materials for second or foreign language learners of any language.

By the end of the course, participants will learn the key principles of material development and how to integrate attractive content into effective second language teaching. Participants will become more aware of how to create appropriate activities that are also motivating and engaging to non-native speakers of a language. Both academic content and language teachers will feel more confident and inspired to teach their subjects. Participants will also leave Florence having learned more about the history, people, and places that have made the city of Florence a one of a kind city with a very unique past and present.

Learning Outcomes

The course will help the participants to understand how to: 

  • Integrate the four skills of English or any foreign language into the classroom and any school curriculum.  
  • Design creative and engaging activities aimed to achieve learning objectives in language and content.  
  • Create an interesting classroom environment where learning is fun and focused on very specific (and relevant) content.
  • Become knowledgable about using English in the classroom while engaging learners in collaborative and communicative activities.
  • Enhance the learning of languages with new ideas for increasing student interest and motivation by using stimulating and “authentic” materials from the real world. 
  • Develop ease with using English in your second or foreign language learner classroom as a teacher.

Tentative shedule

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the requests of the participants, and the trainer delivering the specific session. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion. If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance.

Day 1 – Course introduction & Setting goals

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities.
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.

Setting goals

  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations.
  • Defining CLIL – Personal teaching experiences shared. Teaching Content through the four skills. Incorporating variety through pair and group work. Some good websites. Participants will learn more about pre-teaching before an activity begins and creating comprehension questions for both listening and reading activities. Group activity. Focus: Art in Florence. An excursion that relates to the day’s topic is included.
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Effective reading and listening

Focus: Love in Florence. Participants will learn how to carry out effective reading and listening activities using important historical figures from pre-Renaissance Florence.  An “authentic material” listening activity from the real world of native speakers will be incorporated. Sharing through writing and speaking using poetry that relates to a theme of context will also be covered. An excursion is included at the end of the course day.

Day 3 – Integrating materials

Focus: Food and Fashion in Florence. How to more fully incorporate “authentic materials” or those created by native speakers of a language that relate to content.  Creating both reading and listening activities by sharing and learning through the context of well-known Florentine personalities and places. Further emphasis on checking on student comprehension in our classroom and how to carry out pair and group work activities will be demonstrated. An excursion that relates to the day’s topic is included.

Day 4 – Creating activities

Focus: Music, News, and Cinema in Florence. How to create a cloze activity using lyrics. Participants will also create a reading activity using a well-known Florentine newspaper that was written for and by native speakers of English. They will also learn how to carry out effective classroom presentations that are relevant and include all classroom learners. Using video clips that relate to classroom topics for encouraging discussion and reflection will be incorporated. An excursion that relates to the day’s topic is included.

Day 5 – Overview & Course closure


Focus: The Godfathers of the Renaissance.  Dictation activities, making predictions, organizing a Jigsaw activity, information gap, summarizing and paraphrasing, speaking about quotes. Games and fun! A final look at history, art, and culture from a Florentine perspective. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities along with pair and group work. An excursion that relates to the day’s topic is included.

Course closure

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;

Day 6 – Excursion

Excursion and other external cultural activities.


  • Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
  • Careers officers, educational guides and counselors;
  • Headteachers;
  • Principals.


  • Activities: All courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Platform: Participants will enjoy free access to our e-learning platform.
  • Price: 480 €

Next courses in Florence

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  • 12-17 Apr 2021
  • 10-15 May 2021
  • 14-19 Jun 2021

Cultural activities included: excursions to important places that relate to course content every day of the week.

Reviews about this course

The course was superb for teachers who want to get involved in CLIL. It gave a lot of handy and useful bunch of information, methodology and materials to be used for future educational purposes. I highly recommend it to both beginners and advanced teachers of CLIL. 🙂

Aranka Szamper

Europass is a very effective way of sharing and learning other ways of working. In my case, I confirmed some methodologies of working foreign languages and learned others.

Filomena Ribeiro Cardoso

Europass is a very good way to meet other teachers , share professional experiences and personal feelings. I enjoyed this journey which was too short, I learned only in 5 days what I could have learnt in a couple of months.The teacher is very motivated and benevolent.

Bénard Fabienne

Five Days with work from early morning to afternoon and you didn´t notice it because the time went so fast. All exercises we did had such an interresting background and was so well put together. It was an interesting group of people in the class and we could learn from each other. Our teacher was well prepared and held everything in a good pace so everyone could follow…It looks like a lot but we also had free time were we could enjoy Italian food and wine.

Tom Hägglund

I highly recommend this course equally to teachers who are beginners or advanced in the field of CLIL. The teacher, Sheila Corwin, was friendly, patient, attentive, flexible, and at the same time student-centered and to the point as far as the thorough design of the course material and structure were concerned. Loved every moment of it at school.

Andrea Kadelka

It was an interesting, useful and fun course. I learned the CLIL method and had the chance to practice and improve my English knowledge. Sheila Corwin  is a very good trainer. She brought us a variety of interesting tasks. I liked her lessons very much. She showed us a museum every day and we had two guided city-tours during the week, as well. Thank you for the well-organised course.

Aranka Hungary

Sheila Corwin’s course “”CLIL in practice Focus Florence”” is the best CLIL course I have ever taken and I strongly recommend it.

Ignacio Rivas

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