CLIL in Practice: Focus on Ireland

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Description

This engaging and fun course uses the city of Dublin as context and aims at developing teachers’ academic and language knowledge of planning, preparing, and implementing reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities for non-native speakers of a language into their classrooms.

It also takes a multidisciplinary approach to understand CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) methodology and introduces course participants to how the theory of teaching through specific course content (academic or otherwise) can relate to their own classroom practice. This course includes activity planning, CLIL resources, and aids in the creation of materials for second or foreign language learners.

By the end of the course, participants will learn the key principles of material development and integrate attractive content into effective teaching. They will also feel more confident with teaching their subjects to non-native speakers.

Participants will also leave Ireland having learned more about the history, people, and places that have made Ireland a one-of-a-kind country with a unique past and present.

Concept by: Sheila Corwin

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to understand how to:

  • Develop and integrate attractive content into effective teaching;
  • Learn how to find resources and materials in order to integrate new content and language in the classrooms;
  • Understand CLIL principles and its practical applications;
  • Develop teachers’ academic and language knowledge of planning, preparing and implementing reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities for non-native speakers of a language;
  • Refresh and broad communicative skills in the English language;
  • Implement successfully CLIL methodology in classes.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction & introduction to CLIL

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • School Presentations comparing the various EU school systems; 
  • An Introduction to CLIL.

Day 2 – Museum excursion prep

  • Preparation of Museum Excursion with Leaner Activities;
  • Museum Excursion with Demonstrating Learner Activities;
  • Learners Presentation of Museum Activity.

Day 3 – Exploration into CLIL

  • CLIL Theories and Practice;
  • Popular CLIL Activities;
  • Student-Centred Approach.

Day 4 – Irish writers and artists

  • Irish Writers & Artists;
  • Art Gallery Excursion.

Day 5 – Reflection

  • Learning Approaches;
  • Reflections.

Day 6 – Course closure & excursion

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

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