This is the first entry on my new blog – all about the world of CLIL. To start off, I’ll introduce myself. My name’s Chris Baldwin – I’m the CLIL editor on TeachingEnglish. I’ve been teaching English for about 10 years now around Europe and now in Hong Kong. I’ve got the Cambridge DELTA and a Master’s in TESOL from Aston University.
I first got into CLIL in Italy where I coordinated CLIL courses in two high schools – one a technical school (liceo scientifico-tecnologico) and the other an art school (liceo artistico). My job there involved writing materials, training colleagues, liaising with subject teachers, and then actually teaching.
Here in Hong Kong I teach teenagers and adults as well as write materials for both Hong Kong secondary students and for TeachingEnglish CLIL. The materials I write for Hong Kong are ‘soft CLIL’ in that they are more focused on the language than content to fit in with our students’ exams.
As CLIL editor for TeachingEnglish I’ll be looking after the CLIL pages and writing materials for you, so please let me know what you want. We’ve started off with a selection of materials covering twelve different school subjects – Art, History, Science, ICT (Information and Communication Technology), Technology, Geography, Maths, Citizenship, Music, PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education), PE and RE. The materials are written for a variety of age ranges, from primary to secondary as well as different levels of content and language knowledge. They are also designed to develop a range of different language skills whilst consolidating the content learning. All of the materials follow the format of Preparation, Procedure and Extension; they all have downloadable worksheets for your students and many have links to various online resources.
These materials are only a start – please comment on the materials and rate them so that I can improve them. Our plan is to add more materials over time, so please do let me know what you want to see here in terms of what subjects and what age groups you teach.
Don’t forget to have a look at the articles which look at both practical aspects of CLIL teaching and the theory behind it all.