When exploring career options with CELTA trainees here in India, I find that there’s understandably some apprehension in response to the question ‘what next?’ The range of options available is considerably more limited than other countries. It’s technically illegal to employ a teacher who doesn’t have a Bachelor of Education, which essentially locks trainees out of the formal K12 education sector.
However with the rise of English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) across South Asia and the exponential growth in private EMI schools who often have questionable standards, there’s immense untapped opportunity here for CLIL.
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) “is a dual focused educational approach in which an additional language is used for the learning and teaching of both content and language. For example, CLIL has involved Malaysian children learning maths and science in English. CLIL has been used for Norwegian students to do drama in German, Italian students to learn science in French, Japanese students to learn geography in English and Australians to learn maths in Chinese. The combinations of languages and subjects are almost limitless.”
Uncovering CLIL, p.9
As a CLIL practitioner, you could consult with school networks and tertiary institutions (EMI is as much a reality in colleges as it is in schools) on a project basis. Your work might include writing materials, planning curriculum, teacher training, monitoring and evaluation activities and co-teaching.
Here are some ways of developing as a CLIL practitioner. While courses can be useful, I think we are sometimes too quick to discount the role books can play in our professional development and I’d recommend creating a professional development plan that includes resources from all of the following categories.
- Putting CLIL into Practice by John Clegg, Keith Kelly, and Phil Ball (OUP). You can preview this book here.
- CLIL Activities by Liz Dale and Rose Tanner (CUP)
- Content and Language Integrated Learning by Do Coyle, Philip Hood, and David Marsh (CUP)
- The CLIL Resource Pack by Margaret Grieveson and Wendy Superfine (Delta)
- Teaching Other Subjects through English by Sheelagh Deller and Christine Prince (OUP)
- Uncovering CLIL by Peeter Mehisto and Maria Jesus Frigols, and David Marsh (Macmillan)
- The Roles of Language in CLIL by Ana Llinares, Tom Morton, and Rachel Whittaker (CUP)
- The TKT Course CLIL Module by Kay Bentley (CUP)
Note that only Teaching Other Subjects through English and The TKT Course CLIL Module are available as low priced South Asia editions.
The Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) has a specialist module on the CLIL. Here’s a free handbook from Cambridge for candidates who are preparing for the TKT – CLIL. While it’s information light, it outlines syllabus areas for the CLIL and could be useful in designing your own development plan. The TKT Course CLIL Module book describes these syllabus ares in greater detail.
- TeachingEnglish: articles and blogs on the British Council’s site for teachers.
- OnestopCLIL: lots of resources but mostly for paid subscribers.
- LexiCLIL: this site offers ideas for blending the lexical approach with CLIL.
- CLIL@India: a project funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme to introduce CLIL methodology to India. You can follow the project on Twitter ().
- CLIL Seminar in Getxo: An up-to-date blog with lots of CLIL lesson resources from Loli Iglesias.
- CLIL for success: interesting stuff and some of the posts are bilingual.
- A CLIL to climb: hasn’t been updated in yonks but I’ve included it because I encountered CLIL for the first time on Chiew Pang’s blog many years ago.
- CLIL Media blog: this is a successor of the CLIL Magazine which was full of useful articles and resources.
- Reflections on CLIL: Not been updated in a while but worth a dekko.
- Nina Spain: has a lot of resources including training materials.
- Volunteering with an initiative such as Teach for India which places its ‘fellows’ within low resource, disadvantaged classrooms could be a good way of getting teaching experience.
- Find out if any affordable private schools in your suburb/town offer EMI classes or are making the transition to full EMI status – offer your services to them. You could co-teach with subject teachers, dealing with English needs while they can focus on maths, science, social science etc.
Are there any other resources you think I should include in this list? Share links in the comments below.
If you’re working with CLIL, your experiences of developing skills in this area might be useful to teachers who are interested in a career in a CLIL. Give me a shout if you’d be interested in being interviewed.
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