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Course #11: Using interactive technologies to support learning in the CLIL classroom

  • Course #11: Using interactive technologies to support learning in the CLIL classroom.  

Course Description

Leuven, 2018, (dates to be confirmed)

The focus of this course is on developing classroom interaction skills, digital resources and design guidelines to support technology use. Specific objectives include the promotion of:

  • teachers' didactic skills for teaching schoolsubjects through English with the help of technology

  • the competence and confidence of teachers when teaching their subject in English.

  • teachers' language and telecollaborative skills to promote student learning in the CLIL classroom

  • participants' skills related to adapting and designing digital materials

  • future collegial, collaborative professional development related to these topics.

Target groups:
Beginning and more experienced CLIL teachers, Modern Language teachers interested in new technologies and upgrading their skills in using touch screens, Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) and telecollaboraitive applications for dialogic teaching & learning.

Participants familiarize themselves with the course platform (Schoology). To further optimise the relevance of the course for individual teachers, participants are also invited to bring (local) digital content and/or select topics relevant for their current practice to be elaborated when developing activities and materials during the course.
Many of the examples you will encounter during the course come from interactive whiteboard use. For the demonstration and practice of the pedagogical IWB-related concepts and materials touchscreens and the SMART software ‘Notebook’ will be used.
With a view to materials development for different IWB brands participants are advised to bring their own laptops with their preferred IWB editing software installed.

Course Contents

Topics that will be addressed include:

  • Useful general and subject specific classroom discourse

  • e-Tools, IWB features and laptop/tablet applications for specific CLIL lesson objectives, phases and activities

  • Raising awareness on the issues: `quality of IWB teaching and learning materials' and ‘promoting learning dialogue and interaction in the Language & CLIL classroom’

  • Assessing, adapting and creating concrete lesson materials

  • Effective strategies for developing telecollaborative (CLIL) projects



The course combines tutor-led introductions of theoretical and methodological topics  and presentations to demonstrate exemplary materials with plenary discussions and follow-up practical activities carried out by participants individually, in pairs and/or small groups. You will apply concepts and principles presented while analyzing and/or creating concrete lesson activities and the related materials.
To address the anticipated variety in participants' interests and needs (in terms of subjects, target groups and individual technology skills level) most tasks are designed in such a way that they can lead to differentiated relevant learning experiences and outcomes.


Day-to-Day Course Topics

 Day 1

  • Introductions & course overview

  • Cultural event

Day 2

  • Reviewing & sharing key CLIL teaching & learning principles.

  • Analysing subject content & language learning processes in the CLIL classroom.

  • Matching CLIL teaching & learning strategies to affordances of relevant ICT applications

  • Tools & strategies to further develop (CLIL & Language) teachers' competences to initiate and promote general and subject specific classroom discourse

Day 3 

  • Introduction to / revision of IWB features

  • Introduction to latest Notebook functionalities

  • Demonstration of IWB-mediated lesson practices

  • IWB as a HUB: SMART Amp to support telecollaborative learning

  • Designing materials for interaction

Day 4

  • Analysing practices with a focus on the role of the CLIL teacher

  • Practical activities & and ICT tools to support Reading and Listening / viewing in the CLIL classroom

  • Designing CLIL teaching & learning materials using authentic input content.

Day 5

  • Practical activities & materials design principles with a focus on Speaking and Writing in the CLIL classroom

  • Using collaborative tools (e.g. Google Hangout, Conferencing apps, wikis ) to support ​interactive and collaborative learning

  • Developing speaking & writing tasks

​Day 6

  • Tools and methodologies to assess student progress using student response systems

  • Finishing personal micro teaching unit (including assessment contents)

  • Presenting & sharing materials

  • Demonstration of resources and strategies to support continuing personal development

  • Course evaluation

  • Organisation
    TELLConsult (EU PIC number: 949744461) in collaboration with (EU project) partners.

    Course fee
    The total fee for the course is: 580,- Euros (including organisation costs but exclusive of meals, social and cultural activities, travel and hotel costs)

    Pre- registration 
    Pre-registration is possible without any obligation and is recommended as the documents issued after pre- registration can support the school's internal EU grant application and/or implementation procedures.
    Pre-register here

    Full Registration
    Pre-registration leads to full registration after payment of the invoice for the course fee sent to the school by TELLConsult course administration.

    EU Grants
    This course is eligible for ErasmusPlus KA1 Mobility Grants which can be applied for at your National Agency.

    Course pre-registration cancellations by individual participants are accepted without additional costs if done in writing and before the running of the course has been confirmed (some 2.5 months before the course start date) 

    In the event of course cancellation either by individual participants or TELLConsult the school can expect a payment refund within 10 days.
    Only course fees are reimbursed so do NOT book any flights or hotel rooms before the course has been confirmed.

    Further info
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