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Personal Methodology and Teaching Methodology Programmes for CLIL Teachers: Newcastle, UK

Duration of course: 1, 2, or 4 weeks. Level required: B1 minimum. Addressed to Primary and Secondary teachers of other subjects other than English that have to teach their subject in English.

Course Introduction: CLIL

Personal Methodology Course: CLIL Teaching subjects in English is not just a matter of doing the same lesson in a different language; there are a lot more factors to consider as the students are also expected to increase their knowledge of English.

In order for teaching subjects in English to be successful it is also important for the subject teacher to improve their language proficiency. At the training centre in Newcastle  ‘loop’ input is implemented to ensure that the teachers who participant in CLIL and Methodology courses are able to reflect on how teachers present content and language.

The CLIL courses are for teachers who currently teach subjects (i.e. history, mathematics, geography, etc) through English, or who intend to teach in this context. There are separate strands of each course for primary and secondary teachers. The CLIL course will help you to improve your command of English for classroom management and to acquire new ideas for teaching your subject in English. Participants are expected to have at least a CEFR B1 level of English, or IELTS 5.5, or Cambridge English: First (FCE). Applicants should be at least 20 years old.

This provides participants with valuable activities to take into their own classes as well as improving their own language skills. The courses will be tailored to fit CLIL teachers of either Primary or Secondary students.

Loop input

The teacher will participate in English Language classes – these classes will form the focus for the loop input awareness rising.

Loop input involves experiencing the lesson(s) as a student but then considering the methodology employed by the teacher. This approach involves the trainee learning through being a student but also through observing, reflecting and re-evaluating their current understanding of the teaching-and-learning process. These reflective sessions will be with the Training Centre’s teacher trainers. This will also form part of the loop input awareness raising sessions.

  • Observe – experienced and qualified teachers
  • Reflect – on the methodology and approaches
  • Re-evaluate - understanding of the teaching and learning process

Each week the course will consist of:

1. Input Sessions: 5 x 90min sessions.

The content of the input sessions will depend on the participants’ responses to the needs analysis forms, as well as the age and subject taught.

Sessions include:

  • An introduction to CLIL;
  • How Languages are Learned;
  • Multiple Intelligences and Different
  • Learning styles;
  • Different Approaches and Methods;
  • Dealing with Lexis and vocabulary;
  • Classroom Management and Classroom Instructions;
  • Planning Lessons and Activities;
  • Identifying and Dealing with Error and Correction;
  • Receptive and Productive Skills;
  • Practical Teaching skills;
  • The Role of the Teacher.

2. Observations: 5 x 120 mins lessons.

Participants are given a selection of different  tasks to complete while observing qualified and experienced teachers giving content based lessons. These tasks are then used and referred to in the input sessions.

3. PSP: 5 x 60 mins Personal Study Programme.

Participants will be set tasks and projects to research and engage with  according to in their individual specialist subject and the age and type of learners they teach. The projects include: planning a single lesson in detail, planning a series of 6 lessons covering different approaches,  planning a lesson based on coursebook material and creating a lesson based on authentic material.

4. Language lessons: 5 x 120 mins.

Participants will be tested and placed in a language class according to their level and language abilities.

5. 1 x 90 minute session with a specialist teacher

In addition to the above, the participant will have a 90 minute session with a specialist teacher to work specifically on terminology and subject based language.

Total: 32 - 33 hours per week.

Sample timetable for Secondary CLIL teachers

Teachers are requested to bring relevant subject materials to work with e.g. scanned or electric copies of course material that is used with their students.

Introductory Session: CLILDifferent Approaches and MethodsDealing with Lexis and vocabularyClassroom Language and Instructions: Encouraging Learners to use EnglishClarification of New Language, Checking Understanding
Observations of topic lessons at A2 plusObservations of topic lessons at A2 plusObservations of topic lessons at A2 plusObservations of topic lessons at A2 plusObservations of topic lessons at A2 plus
Personal Study Programme and CLIL ProjectPersonal Study Programme and CLIL ProjectPersonal Study Programme and CLIL ProjectPersonal Study Programme and CLIL ProjectPersonal Study Programme and CLIL Project
Language Lesson / 1:1 terminology session with
specialist teacher (once during the course)
Language LessonLanguage LessonLanguage LessonLanguage Lesson

CLIL Entry Criteria

All applicants for the CLIL Course in Newcastle must:

  • Have a minimum level of English: B1 - B2

Courses for CLIL Teachers - Certificates

On completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate from the Training Centre Newcastle, with details of the course dates, the number of course hours, and details of topics covered.

How to apply

  1. If you believe you or your teaching group cover the minimum entry requirements to be considered as a candidate for the CLIL course in Newcastle, fill out an application form. Note: The demand for vacancies on these courses is very high. Applicants are advised to apply well in advance before the start of a course, although, occasionally, there could be places available due to last-minute cancellations.
  2. Prospective trainees must complete the application form and return this document to the Programmes Coordinator long time in advance prior the course starting date. These documents can be emailed as attachments to the Coordinator.
  3. Applicants who will be accepted on the course as long as there is availability on the desired starting date.
  4. Successful applicants will receive an offer of a place on the course of their choice immediately, if there is a place available.
  5. After receiving a payment request from the School, full amount must be paid in order to secure your place. On receipt of your payment the Training Centre will send you further information.

Applying for a CLIL Teacher Course with Erasmus+ funding:

  1. Select the course that you wish to apply for and discuss your intended application with the person in your school who is responsible for staff development and EU funding (Erasmus+ Coordinator).
  2. Get confirmation of your acceptance on the course and the fees from the host organisation/course provider. Your organisation will need to refer to this letter within the application for funding.
  3. Please inform the host organisation/course provider of your application. They will help with any information regarding their course to enable the application form to be completed successfully.
  4. The applicant organisation needs to register as an applicant organisation on the European Commission Authentication Service (ECAS), if not already registered. (see below for more details)
  5. Inform the host organisation/course provider as soon as you receive the result of your funding application. Up until this point your place on the course is provisionally reserved. Once you confirm that funding has been granted  you can be enrolled on the course and your invoice sent.
  6. Pay as soon as you receive the funds. Only once payment has been received can your place on the course and any accommodation booked be confirmed.

Note: There is room sometimes for last minute applications due to cancellations and therefore, room for the possibility of receiving late payments, but always, payments need to be done before starting date.

How to Pay

Payments can be made directly to the school via Bank Transfer or credit card.

Courses for CLIL Teachers in Newcastle - Terms and Conditions

  • Please note that enrolment on the CLIL course in Newcastle is subject to the following terms and conditions:
  • We cannot reserve a place on the course until a deposit has been received.
  • In the case of cancellation made later than four weeks before the start of the course, requests for refund of fees can only be considered if we have been able to fill the place at short notice.

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