In an evolving world, language acquisition plays a major role in encouraging effective communication and shared understanding between diversity of cultures. Content- and language-integrated learning (CLIL) has proven to be an effective approach that combines language learning with subject-based education. By mastering the inclusion of ICT and game-based tools, creating multimedia content, and participating in engaging in dynamic experiential activities, students are better prepared to represent linguistic richness in education and work toward fulfilling their role as European citizens.
A new edition of the course “Content and Language Integrated Learning“(CLIL) course for teachers” took place in Bologna from 23/07/2023 to 29/07/2023. The participants came from all across Europe, with Johanna from Rákospalotai Meixner Általános Iskola és Alapfokú Művészeti Iskola in Hungary, Daniela and Jitka from PRO TRAVEL in Czech Republic, Susan from Werenfridus Tabor College in Netherlands, Anne from Jynkkä School in Finland, Krisztina from Jurisich Miklós Gimnázium in Hungary, Roseanna from College Saint Louis in Belgium and Emina from OŠ Sveti Petar Orehovec in Croatia.
The CLIL course began with a lively brainstorming session, motivating participants to present their current practices and prior knowledge about CLIL. This collaborative activity created an interactive atmosphere that stimulated knowledge sharing and exploration. CLIL principles were then discussed theoretically, emphasizing the importance of teaching material in a second language. Throughout the course, special emphasis was placed on the essential role of the teacher in promoting linguistic integration and creating a dynamic learning environment that promotes both content knowledge and language proficiency.
The CLIL course offered valuable insights into effective lesson planning within the CLIL context. Participants were introduced to valuable tips and techniques for creating engaging and purposeful CLIL lessons. Through resource and experience sharing, they started jotting down ideas on how to incorporate new inputs into their lessons.
The course extensively covered the incorporation of ICT-based stimuli in CLIL classrooms to creatively utilize multimedia resources. Participants had the opportunity to explore various ICT tools commonly used in education, with a practical emphasis on those most pertinent to their individual needs and interests.
The course introduced participants to experiential learning activities that elevate CLIL lessons. They explored successful strategies to foster collaboration and peer learning in the classroom, facilitating language communication while focusing on the subject matter. Through hands-on experiences, they gained valuable insights into creating an interactive and immersive learning environment.
The participants created a particularly positive working atmosphere through their engagement, their interest in learning and their joy in working together. It was exceptionally enjoyable experience to collaborate with such an enthusiastic group, may their return home be richer with knowledge, skills, friendship and inspiration!
More info on this course here.
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