Developing as a CLIL practitioner -Resources

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)

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.


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  • 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)

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English teacher blogs: who should I be reading?


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Whether you need inspiration for creative writing lessons, exam resources or advice on career development – here are some of the best English blogs recommended by you

Web of notes Twitter: @johncmurphy7

Written by John Murphy, an English and history teacher, Web of Notes contains useful material for those teaching the junior certificate in Ireland. There are also inspiring short film clips, handy links to Shakespeare resources and online literary games.

Ed-U-Like Twitter: @murphiegirl

From dynamite paragraphs to using Lego to explore poetic structure, Ed-U-Like contains lots of practical lesson ideas and professional development inspiration.

Learning Spy Twitter: @LearningSpy

Education guru David Didau’s blog is full of reflective posts looking at how we teach and assess literacy – not to mention reams of advice about Ofsted.

Reading all the books Twitter: @readingthebooks

As the title suggests, this blog has a mission: to get teachers and students reading. It contains reviews of education books as well as books that teacher Jo recommends to her students.

Learning from my mistakes: an English teacher’s blog

Learning from my mistakes covers all the big topics – language analysis, GCSE prep, creative writing. A letter to an NQT or my NQT self is essential reading for anyone joining the profession.

Geoff Barton’s Pick ‘n’ Mix Twitter: @RealGeoffBarton

Geoff Barton’s Pick ‘n’ Mix blog (an offshoot of his main site, which can be found here) is a collection of links to articles on language and literacy – aimed mostly at teachers of A-level English language and English.

A new way of quenching my thirst Twitter: @DrDawnie

Dawn blogs about pedagogy for English teachers and professional development.

Hunting English Twitter: @HuntingEnglish

Alex Quigley, assistant head at a York secondary school, writes a professional and regularly updated blog about teaching strategies, coaching and improvement, “with some political arguments and miscellany along the way”.

Useful hashtags:

#TeachingEnglish      #engchat       #litchat

Know a great English blog not listed? Share the link by posting it in the comments below.

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MENTEP Promoting Technology Enhanced Teaching

Mentep is an experimental “tool” that allows teachers to self-assess their digital skills online and thus choose the most appropriate training courses to fill any gaps or weaknesses.

Mentep  (Mentoring Technology Enhanced Pedagogy) is the European project coordinated by European Schoolnet for the development and testing of TET-SAT, the online tool for the self-assessment of digital skills and the use of teacher technologies. The tool was created with the aim of triggering self-reflection on the subject in the teachers, to better identify the training needs and thus to launch initiatives to support their professional development.

TET-SAT evaluates digital-pedagogical skills taking into account 4 dimensions:

  • digital pedagogy (development and design of teaching strategies supported by ICT, personalization of learning activities);
  • production and use of contents;
  • communication and collaboration (creation of collaborative activities at a distance);
  • digital citizenship.

After successfully completing the experimentation involving 13 European countries (including Italy, with the involvement of over 700 Italian teachers), EUN has decided to extend the possibility of testing this tool to new users.

A free online course started to give participants the opportunity to have a preview of the online tool, to be guided in its use and to deepen together with the experts all aspects of the research project sharing, in particular, an analysis of the collected data. The MOOC is divided into 3 modules (one module per week) for about 3/4 hours, for a total duration of about 4 weeks.

The course is aimed at policymakers, managers and teachers interested in learning about the tool, to evaluate a possible application within their institution.

Participants in the training receive recognition for attendance.

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Puntolingue Teachers’Club and ANILS

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Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that Puntolingue Teachers’Club is now part of ANILSAssociazione Nazionale Insegnanti Lingue Straniere, the oldest Italian professional association of teachers of foreign languages, founded in 1947, that aims to promote and support the teaching of languages ​​in schools of all levels. ANILS makes available to school administration and teachers its competence in the field of teaching, training and updating of teachers, organizing courses, congresses and conferences both independently and in collaboration or under the patronage of MIUR / MPI and foreign cultural institutions present in Italy.

We are hugely excited about the opportunities that this membership will give us to collaborate with other creative minds. This collaboration aims to increase the exchange of ideas and expertise between communities, to offer the freshest ideas, the best and brightest language academics and professionals, and the opportunity to meet and network with other people with similar interests.

Puntolingue Teachers’Club will regularly host meetings, conferences and seminars to give you the opportunity to meet colleagues, experts and publishers to exchange views and experiences and discuss subjects of interest. We have established many professional contacts that we look forward to working with in the near future and continue to create more and more effective relationships. Our networks continue to grow through social media and we are constantly adding new things to our website.

Join ANILS community and keep up with advancements in language teaching field, keep your skills up to date, connect with other teachers and advance your career, participate to a variety of activities and programs from advancing education, training and research.

Membership is open to:

  • Foreign language teachers, both in service or retired;
  • Modern Languages and Literature post-graduates, graduates and undergraduates;
  • Foreign language enthusiasts and experts;
  • Headteachers and school inspectors of schools and institutes at all levels.

An annual subscription shall be paid in order to become a member or to renew ANILS membership. Members will receive a copy of the official journal of the Association, the periodical review SELM Scuola e Lingue Moderne.

Read the latest news to help stay informed about what’s going on with the association as well as the world of language teaching. Feel free to browse our website to view all the benefits of being a member and do not hesitate in contacting us for more information.

Looking forward to meeting you.

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Digital Tools to Build Vocabulary: Word Clouds



Type (or copy & paste) in a chunk of text or individual words and Wordle generates a word cloud of the key vocabulary based on word frequency. Wordle can also be used for many varied purposes.




Similar to Wordle, students type (or copy & paste) into a piece of text and WordSift sorts the text based on word frequency.  The visual thesaurus that displays the words is a nice addition to WordSift. With the visual thesaurus, students immediately see how words are grouped semantically. A useful addition, I think.



Tagxedo is a word cloud app with style! Tagxedo provides a good deal of customization for users. For example, if teachers or students want to create a word cloud in a shape such as an apple shown above, then Tagxedo is the right tool for the job. For younger students, Wordle is much more straightforward to use; however, older students will love the customization Tagxedo provides which includes colours, shapes, fonts, and themes.

adapted from TeachThought