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Let's learn through CLIL
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The main objective of the project was to improve the linguistic competence of our students who are high level sportsmen and women who compete both in Spain and abroad. So, we thought that by increasing the number of hours in English, our students could improve their level. We believed that the best we could do was to teach some non lingustic subjects in English using CLIL as the method of teaching. Four teachers (two English teachers, one Geography teacher and one Arts and Crafts teacher) of the project received training during the summer 2015 in Wales and Dublin so as to carry out the project. The ICT teacher had already taken a course in CLIL in Malta on her own. She felt confident and ready to teach her subject in English. Both the subject and foreign language teachers have met weakly for coordination sessions in which the following issues were dealt with: language support in subject areas; inclusion of subject content in foreign language lessons, design of adaptations of teaching materials; the evaluations of students and the programme itself to solve potential issues.The English teacher has supported the subject teacher in the classroom. We started implementing the project in September 2015. The non linguistic subject we started teaching in English was ICT (level 4th ESO). They have had 1 hour per weej of ICT in English. We have focused on the importance of pronunciation in terms of intelligibility rather than accent which has proved highly effective, only very rarely on gramatical correction. We have used the following strategies to help students learn easily: - Visual information (which leads to faster and deeper comprehension). -Personalized, collaborative and autonomous learning has been the norm in many activities students have carried out. The evaluation of these students has been mainly trough observation and oral presentations.They learned by doing, asking and experimenting. Effective CLIL needs time, patience and extra-resources. We thonk that careful planning and intensive cooperation before implementing CLIL is vital for its success. Further more, it is essencial to remember that any increase in language competence takes time and is markedly shaped by the input and nature of the comunicative situation. As to the benefits we thonk that teaching a non-linguistic subject in a foreign language (English) has many advantages : both for us as teachers; and for our students as learners in general, and more specifically, as learners of a foreign language. As regards to the overall language competence of the students taking part in the project, there is evidence that the oral skills hav improved. We feel that the students results are good.So, we will continue and we will try to redesign some methodological aspects to be more communicative, creative and motivational. So, we really appreciate the opportunity we had in taking some courses abroad during the summer 2015.
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