CLIL Courses for secondary school teachers at La Dante


20th – 24th April 2020 – one week

29th June – 10th July 2020 – two weeks

27th July – 7th Aug 2020 – two weeks

Monday – Friday, 3 hours per day

  • How is the CLIL Course structured? Based on a mix of theoretical and practical lessons, the programme of the course aims at developing appropriate skills and knowledge about CLIL methodology. We also organise visits to British primary and secondary schools or vocational colleges to observe lessons based on CLIL and talk with teachers as part of the programme (*during term time only).
  • Why do teachers love it? Because by learning new teaching techniques, they acquire new skills which they can apply to a variety of subjects across the curricula. Our courses are noted for the expertise of our teacher trainers coming from the Institute of Education in Cambridge
  • European Union Erasmus + funding for teachers: La Dante provides European Union funded CLIL programmes in the UK, offering teacher development courses for teachers using CLIL methodology. Click here to find out more about European Union Erasmus + funding to attend a teachers’ course in the UK.

Main objectives of the CLIL course:

This two-week intensive programme is aimed at secondary and higher Education teachers who have to deliver content lessons in English. The aims of the course are to clarify and ‘demystify’ the concept of CLIL and to focus on specific areas of language development for classroom management and tuition. We demonstrate teaching techniques which are transferable to a variety of subjects across the curricula. We also show how published and authentic materials can be adapted for CLIL lessons.

CLIL: Interviewing La Dante’s teacher trainers

Mary Spratt and Helen Baker have run our two weeks’ CLIL course for a group of secondary teachers from Zaragoza, who taught a variety of disciplines from PE to Music and Art. We’ve interviewed them after the end of the course.

CLIL: practical tips for teachers

Is there a recipe for CLIL? Much has been written on what CLIL is and why to do it but there is very little practical guidance on how to plan and teach CLIL lessons.

CLIL Course content and structure:

During the course, participants are exposed to a range of teaching practices and methodologies. This can include the following: planning and prepare a unit, demonstrations of lessons using CLIL methodology; adapting and exploiting texts in the context of CLIL; monitoring and evaluation of published materials and resources; specifically tailored sessions on language improvement.

The course includes daily practical sessions in the morning preparing CLIL’s micro lessons and, in the afternoon, each participant delivers the micro lessons in small groups with peers work. This practical approach will give you all the skills you need to apply the learned methodology. Methods similar to ‘show and tell’ for history and geography, science and art. Teachers will provide the bibliography of extra texts and samples of lessons you can reproduce in the classroom.