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CLIL Derry Erasmus Plus

2020 Dates coming soon!

TESOL for non native English speakersHow to apply for Erasmus Funding

Entry Requirements

Minimum age: 21

Minimum level: Upper Intermediate level of English – equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or Cambridge First Certificate

Note: If the candidate doesn't have a certificate to prove his/her level of English, a level test can be arranged before enrolling for the course.

The sessions are designed for non-native speakers of English who have experience of teaching English as a foreign language or have gained a teaching qualification in their own country and are considering a career in English language teaching. Courses are for Primary and Secondary teachers.

About the CLIL course in Derry, UK

CLIL stands for Content and Language Integrated Learning and is an increasingly popular approach to teaching in which subjects are taught through a second language, in this case English. This course for primary and secondary teachers provides an introduction to using CLIL in the classroom, but is not subject specific.

The course looks at teaching subject content through English and English through subject content. Blending theory and practice, it provides a comprehensive overview of CLIL approach and objectives, giving participants ample practice in developing CLIL materials and in planning lessons.

Who is the CLIL course for?

  • Primary and secondary teachers who teach, or who plan to teach, other subjects through English
  • Teachers and educators who wish to expand their repertoire of teaching methodologies and learn more about the CLIL approach
  • Non-native English speaking teachers who have a strong intermediate level in English (B1+ and above)

CLIL Course Content

  • Subject-led versus language-led CLIL
  • Developing CLIL materials and resources
  • Planning student-centred lessons
  • Teaching strategies to promote learning
  • Focus on language: communicative functions and vocabulary
  • CLIL and assessment

Sample CLIL Timetable


  • Course overview and introductions
  • Identifying our needs, expectations and contexts
  • Key principals of CLIL
  • Language: Communicative functions
  • Strategies to encourage the use of L2
  • Workshop: devising CLIL materials


  • Role of the teacher in CLIL classrooms
  • Subject-led versus language-led CLIL
  • Integrating the 4 C’s into CLIL activities
  • Promoting learning: scaffolding, autonomy & learning skills
  • Cognitive V’s communicative skills
  • Activity: Lesson plans 2, Mini-lessons


  • Establishing Learning outcomes
  • Activity: Lesson plans 1 Mini-lessons
  • Workshop: Reflect & Consolidate
  • Authentic listening texts: adapting and exploiting for the CLIL lesson
  • Technology and digital tools in the CLIL classroom
  • Activity: Lesson observation & reflective feedback


  • Language: vocabulary – subject – specific versus academic English
  • Activity: Lesson observation & reflective feedback
  • Assessment in CLIL
  • Portfolio Workshops: Choose between two workshops to consolidate your knowledge of a chosen topic and/ or prepare for your final portfolio presentation.


  • Authentic reading texts: adapting and exploiting for the CLIL lesson
  • Mini-lessons
  • Portfolio: putting it all together – review & consolidation to date
  • The way forward: Continuing Professional Development Portfolio presentations
  • Course review & feedback

Applying for Erasmus + funding to take the CLIL course

About the new EU funding programme: Erasmus +

The European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme changes in 2014.

Erasmus+ is the new programme proposed by the European Commission for education, training, youth and sport starting in 2014 and significantly increasing the funds allocated for the development of knowledge and skills. Erasmus+ helps people regardless of age to increase their personal development, gain new skills and boost their job prospects.

Erasmus+ will have a streamlined structure which will improve effectiveness, which means more grants for students, trainees, teachers and others. The benefits for individuals will also bring benefits for the EU economy as a whole.

Tumultuous economic times and the changing EU job market requires a joint EU repsonse: The number of high-skilled jobs is growing while the number of low-skilled jobs is decreasing. It is estimated that by 2020 nearly 35% of all jobs will require high skills, innovation capacity and the ability to adapt. One of the headline targets in the Europe 2020 strategy is to raise higher education attainment to 40% (from 32% now).

The EU has responded with a co-ordinated strategy for growth and jobs called Europe 2020 –education and training are an integral part of this.

Step by Step Guide to applying for Eramsus + funding:

Choose the course and dates on the online application form here.

We will then send you a full application form to complete. We will send the completed for to the tutors to assess. Once accepted onto a course, the teacher training centre will provide you with a PIC number to apply for funding.

Contact your national Erasmus + agency who can answer your questions and provide you with an application form for the funding. For further information: European Commission’s website:

You will receive a letter of acceptance for pre-registration, course information and an (optional) pre-course bibliography and preparatory task, from the training centre.

Apply for funding by completing the Erasmus+ application form, attach our acceptance letter and course information and send it to your national agency.

Contact us as soon as you hear whether funding has been granted and we will confirm your place on the course*. There is no cancellation fee if you do not receive funding.

*Please note: we can reserve your place until 4 weeks before the start of your course, after that you may need to re-apply.

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