Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE)

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

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Accommodation Homestay / Residence

Price Range £796.00 per week

Price Includes Course Fees, Accommodation and Social Programme

Beginners Not for beginners

Class Size 16 maximum

Course Length 2 weeks

Town / City & Region Norwich , Eastern England

Tuition Style Group

Tuition Hours Per Week 25.0

Ages 18 - 65

Course Type Teachers

Other Information

All of our teacher development courses are eligible for ERASMUS+ funding

Course Overview

This course explores the history of teaching content in English and English through content, and identifies the principles underlying effective practice.

You will look at the necessary skills required for CLIL teachers, explore materials and methodologies appropriate to CLIL and raise your language awareness and linguistic competences. Key issues in course design will be examined, as well as testing and assessment procedures in CLIL contexts.

Who is the course suitable for?

  • Qualified teachers who are engaged in delivery of subjects across the school curriculum through the medium of English or another foreign language
  • Teachers of subjects across the curriculum as well as language teachers


Participants should have a minimum language level corresponding to A2/B1 on the Common European Framework.

What will the course include?

This course will cover some or all of the following aspects:

  • Key concepts and theories in CLIL methodology
  • Language support for content learning
  • Personal language development
  • Language for classroom management and instruction giving
  • Materials development (task design, working with texts, visuals, etc.)
  • Basic discourse analysis in key content areas
  • Types of questions and questioning techniques
  • Thinking skills and their role in activities and materials design
  • Subject-centred vocabulary building
  • Code-switching and working bilingually
  • Creating a language-rich classroom environment
  • Review of a range of internet and print resources for participants’ selected content areas
  • Assessment and testing
  • Microteaching of CLIL activities


This course will extend the participant’s understanding and critical awareness of:

  • The history and theory of teaching content in English and English through content, as well as the principles underlying effective practice
  • The qualities and skills required by teachers involved in CLIL in a primary context
  • The materials and methodology appropriate to CLIL in a primary context
  • How to improve their command of English, especially in their classrooms
  • Language and linguistic competence at word, sentence and discourse level
  • How to identify and explore key issues in syllabus/course design
  • The modes of delivery and types of classroom interaction most appropriate to CLIL
  • The test instruments and assessment procedures which can be used in CLIL contexts with different language levels and content areas


Time will be built into the course for reflection and for participants to consider how to adapt ideas from the course to classrooms in their own professional contexts.

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

All course participants receive a pre-course questionnaire, which should be returned prior to the course. This is to ensure that the areas of most relevance to participants are covered.

How long is the course and what approach is used?
The 50-hour course provision includes intensive tuition by trainers who are experts in the field of CLIL, as well as opportunities for reading and research and guest lectures from well-known figures in the field of education and English Language Teaching. Classes are held from Monday to Friday and take place as detailed in the course-specific timetable but always within the hours 0915 – 1715.

What approach is used?

  • Classes will be practical and ‘hands-on’, but with reference to relevant theory.
  • Courses are participant-centred involving tasks providing memorable learning contexts.
  • Tasks will be used to illustrate the key course objectives through procedure and content.
  • The approach includes opportunities for exploring key and contemporary issues


Facilities and resources
NILE course participants have free access to an extensive ELT library and a modern suite of computers with a broadband Internet link. The NILE course venues have a wireless (Wi-Fi) environment. Each course has a Moodle online learning environment where course materials and views of course participants can be shared digitally. This is kept active for at least six months beyond the course so you can keep in touch with your fellow course participants.

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