CLIL Methodologies


Quick Facts

Price £1000(10 days)
Price £500 (5 days)
Note Courses are on
a 2-week basis.
However, participants
are also able to join
for one week only

Lessons per Week 25
All lessons are 50 minutes
Times Mon – Fri
Course Length 10 Days (with the possibility of joining the course for one week only)
Recommended Language Level B1-C2
Language Level for Closed Groups A2-C2
Maximum Class size 10
Centre Earls Court

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Course description

Language Link’s CLIL Methodologies course aims to give participants a comprehensive overview of CLIL methodologies as well as providing them with a variety of practical classroom skills and materials. This is done through interactive, trainer led input sessions supported by group work.

The course is aimed at teachers who want to teach subject matter through foreign languages and need guidance in how to best enable their students to improve their language skill while engaging in the subject lesson. We run courses aimed at primary and secondary teachers.

Please check which may be most suitable for yourself or your teachers.

The course will give participants an overview of primary/secondary school education in Britain (the National Curriculum, a sample school timetable, teaching and learning materials, etc). It will also offer an opportunity to visit a state school (during term-time only) and observe experienced subject teachers.


The Course is designed for Teachers who want to get a comprehensive perspective of CLIL methodology and a better understanding of how to design CLIL syllabus.

During the course participants will learn how to assess and develop material in line with CLIL, and how to design tests and assessment tools. They will also have an opportunity to improve their own language competence, in particular classroom language.

The course will offer the participants a set of practical ideas and strategies to help them become better CLIL Teachers.  We will also point them towards a variety of offline and online resources ensuring that, after the course, participants will be able to design CLIL lessons and activities that are motivating, challenging and effective.



The course is hands-on and interactive, enabling participants to be fully immersed in the subject matter.
Trainer-led sessions use the techniques and approaches being discussed so that the practical application of CLIL can be experienced within the programme. This is supported by in-depth discussion group work. Participants will build up a bank of ideas to take back to their countries.

Throughout the course, participants will be encouraged to experiment and think “outside the box“.


Please note the exact course content can vary depending on the needs and levels of the groups. We try our best to tailor our courses to offer the best benefit for other students.

Day 1: Introduction to CLIL - setting the context


  • Needs analysis
  • Defining CLIL
  • Variety in educational settings and contexts in CLIL. Sharing experiences- CLIL contexts in participants’ countries/schools.


  • History and the underlying principles of CLIL
  • Qualities in skills required by teachers involved in CLIL
  • Motivating learners and teachers through CLIL

Day 2: Lesson Planning and the Four Dimensional CLIL Framework


  • How to plan lessons using a CLIL approach. What do we need to consider when planning and delivering CLIL lessons
  • Integrating the 4Cs framework into CLIL activities
  • Developing Thinking Skills – HOTS, LOTS and the use of questions
  • Teaching objectives & learning outcomes and how they are related to subject and language


  • Workshop- Planning lessons and developing materials within the framework of the 4Cs

Day 3: How to CLIL - Integrating Language and Content & The Selection and Adaptation of Materials in CLIL


  • Language challenges in the classroom. The relationship between language and cognition- Content and Language Cognitive Demand (CCD & LCD)
  • Features of language to consider when teaching CLIL: BICS and CALP, Content-compatible and content-obligatory language
  • Language for managing the classroom and language for teaching subject content
  • Subject-centred vocabulary building. Methodology for presenting vocabulary
  • Tools for working with content- visual organisers and multimedia


  • Identifying the 4Cs in CLIL materials and using the framework to analyse your materials
  • Subject-led and language-led materials approach- the purpose and different features
  • Strategies for adapting listening and reading texts for use in CLIL
  • Workshop- Key issues of materials in CLIL- evaluate, adapt and create materials for teaching your subjects in English

Day 4: Integrating EFL Techniques into Subject Teaching


  • How to incorporate EFL techniques into subject teaching
  • Creative EFL methodologies to help communicate content (TBL, PBL, Lexical Approach, Flipped Classroom, NLP)


  • Workshop- Designing a task and enquiry-based learning

Day 5: Assessment in CLIL


  • Assessment in CLIL- The who, the how, the what and the why
  • Different types of assessment in CLIL
  • Assessing content & language-tools, strategies and techniques
  • Assessment for learning


  • Feedback and discussion
  • Course Round-Up & Farewells

Follow Up

Participants will return to their home countries with a deeper insight and renewed enthusiasm for their profession.

They will also receive:

  • Contact details of tutors and colleagues to facilitate ongoing development and exchange of ideas
  • A Feedback Questionnaire evaluating the course and ideas collected during the programme
  • A Bibliography of suggested further reading matter