How to Begin Using CLIL? A Mini-Course

Academic teachers of medical and healthcare sciences explored during a CLILMED Pilot Course in Galway, Ireland how the CLIL approach could be implemented in diverse classrooms, where cultural and linguistic barriers may be perceived as barriers to learning. 

Based on their experience, we have prepared a mini-course, which serves as an introduction to CLIL.
The mini-course adheres to the principles of the European Framework for CLIL teacher education,  preparing teachers undertaking CLIL in the best practices of teaching and learning, in language teaching, and particularly in integrating these with content teaching specifically to the discipline of medicine and healthcare.

The Mini-Course Summary

  • This mini-course encourages you to ask yourselves: What this approach would mean for me as a teacher? How to practically adopt a CLIL approach with students? How this new approach affects my teaching of medical and healthcare content? How to prepare materials to facilitate the process?
  • The topics to be discussed include: Definition of training activities: the learning objectives and learning outcomes of the course, the work plan to organise didactic activities, choice on the didactic materials and handouts, defining assessment criteria to guarantee the evaluation of the didactic activities and improve the ensuing learning path; Definition the training logical architecture (learning units, modules, etc.): outlining information, examples, exercises, etc. related to the learning units; Guidelines for trainers and participants; Criteria for the training programme evaluation.

The Intended Lessons Learned – persons engaging in this activity can be expected to: 

  • Define CLIL in multilingual and multicultural learning spaces;
  • Reflect on the pedagogical implications of teaching and learning through English;
  • Identify appropriate tools and strategies for active learning;
  • Design learning outcomes for CLIL;
  • Assess for learning in CLIL;
  • Create spaces for training your fellow educators.

The User Guide

This mini-course is free of charge but, for the reasons of users’ safety, registration is required to access the platform. It will be available online until October 31, 2025. Updates will be carried out periodically.