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Language and Professional Development Course for Teachers – Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Summary of project. The aims of the course are to • provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on and share their teaching experience • raise participants’ awareness of approaches and methodologies in content and language integrated teaching • provide participants with an opportunity to discuss and evaluate developments in content and language integrated learning and teaching relevant to their own teaching situation • develop participants' awareness of contemporary English • develop participants' confidence and ability to use English for both professional and personal purposes Participants: 6 teachers, from the fields of History, PE, Maths, Arts, Science and Geography. All experienced bilingual teachers, in possession of Cambridge English certificates and at least basic CLIL skills. Course content The course will focus on language development and classroom practice. The precise content and balance of the course will, of course, be guided by the needs and wishes of the teachers. Presentations In addition, as part of the programme, there will be a presentation on a topic of cultural interest, such as the Role of the Royal Family in British Politics or The History and Geography of London. Multimedia Learning Centre Teachers will have access to the College multimedia Learning Centre, where they will have access to language computer programs, relevant websites, audio and video material for their own language development (on a supervised self-access basis) and as an opportunity to explore materials that might be appropriate to their own teaching environment and needs. Subject-specific vocabulary: members of the group will also be able to develop the language of their specialist area through reading and research in the multimedia Learning Centre. Book display and sale During the course, participants will have an opportunity to look at and purchase current educational materials in their field. Course methodology and outcomes Participants will experience a range of approaches and modes of delivery on the course and they will be encouraged to reflect on these and to consider: - their relevance and suitability - ways of adapting them to their own teaching situation. Participants will also be encouraged to share their experience and teaching ideas with each other. By the end of the course, participants will have had the opportunity to: • develop their awareness of - approaches to integrating language and content and to developing learners’ competence in both these areas - learner-teacher roles and interaction in the CLIL classroom - ways of supporting students in the CLIL process • develop their confidence and ability to - adapt materials and activities to their own context for the purposes of teaching and learning - use English for both professional and personal purposes The course will also give participants the opportunity to contact other teachers working in the field of CLIL to participate in an exchange of ideas, experience and materials. Extracurricular programme (social activities and excursions) There is also a programme of social and cultural activities, including talks on aspects of British culture and an excursion to a place of cultural interest, such as Canterbury and London. Preparation and End-Of-Course Follow-Up • Course participants are asked to complete and return a pre-course test prior to the course. • Course participants are consulted about their perceived language learning needs and wishes prior to and at the start of the course and they are encouraged to consult their tutors about these as the course progresses. Participants are asked to complete an end-of-course questionnaire to give feedback to the tutors and the College about their experience of course, the College administration and course management, and their host family accommodation. • At the end of their course, students are given an end-of-course report stating the aims and methodology focus of the course and the length of the course. • Throughout the course, participants will focus on tasks which can be followed through in their own classes. Course participants are invited to contact course tutors after the course by email. • Participants are also encouraged to continue to share ideas and experience with other students via the Hilderstone College website • In addition, participants are given advice on the course about ways in which they can maintain and continue to develop their English after the course. • Teachers will be given information about networks and journals for CLIL teachers. Teachers will also be encouraged to continue to share ideas and experience with other teachers through a participant network in on the Hilderstone College website: & dissemination will take place via the school website and newletters, with an impact on teachers, students, parents and the school's network. Last but not least: we will have happier teachers!
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