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Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Secondary

This practical course for secondary school teachers explores the skills required for CLIL, including approaches and materials, principles underlying effective practice, and testing and assessment.

Course type
Teacher development
Age of student
Language level
Upper Intermediate (B2) - Proficient (C2)
Course dates
14 - 27 July 2019
Course Length
2 weeks
£1,790 / EUR 2,260
Bell Teacher Campus

Who is this course for?

  • Secondary school teachers who teach curricular subjects (e.g. Science, Maths, History, Geography, Arts and Crafts, Physical Education, etc.) wholly or partly in English or who might do so in the future
  • Secondary school English teachers who teach a topic-based curriculum including subject content
  • CLIL teachers who want to improve their use of English in a secondary classroom context

Course outcomes

You will have:

  • A broader understanding of the core features of the CLIL approach
  • Increased awareness of how to teach content subjects in English
  • Increased ability to plan, teach and assess learning in CLIL lessons
  • Improved English language competencies and linguistic skills related to CLIL
  • Strategies for fostering age-appropriate critical thinking by students about content and language
  • Increased capacity to select, design, exploit and evaluate materials for teaching CLIL
  • A greater intercultural awareness, and of its pivotal role in CLIL contexts

Course description


43 hours per two week course

All Bell Teacher Campus courses are delivered by highly experienced teacher trainers. The team includes a whole host of leading ELT experts and published educational authors.

This is a practical course that gives you the skills you need to be an effective CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) teacher in a secondary school context. You will learn the principles behind the effective teaching of subjects in students’ second language and be better able to design CLIL materials and assess your students in a CLIL context. An important aspect of the course is English language improvement and development of language awareness.

Topics covered on Content and Language Integrated Learning (Secondary) include:

  • Teacher language development
  • Classroom English
  • Working bilingually
  • Key CLIL methodology
  • Materials evaluation
  • Lesson planning
  • Cognitive skills development: lower and higher order thinking skills, bloom’s taxonomy
  • Analysing task difficulty
  • Different kinds of learner language use
  • Scaffolding language learning during content classes
  • Using educational technology in the CLIL classroom
  • Assessment strategies to support content, language and learning skills development

Topics can be adapted depending on participants’ professional needs, priorities, and teaching context.

Participants will have the opportunity to build up a portfolio of authentic materials to support the cultural component of their teaching.


In addition to the core development course, teachers choose two additional workshops a week, such as ‘Using film in the classroom’, ‘Motivating students’ and ‘Different ways to use songs in the classroom’.

Guest lectures and plenary sessions

Weekly guest lectures and plenary sessions by well-known ELT experts. 

Experience British life

Bell Teacher Campus is set in a University of Cambridge college in the traditional and beautiful city of Cambridge. You can explore the city with other teachers, visit the many museums and go to one of the many outdoor cultural events over the summer such as ‘Shakespeare in the park’. There are a host of activities held on campus too and trips to nearby cities including London.

Bell Teacher Campus partners with Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Take the Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)

Choose to take the TKT at Bell Teacher Campus and gain an internationally recognised qualification, awarded by Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge. Free exam preparation for the TKT is provided. There is only a small admin fee of £38 to take the exam, which includes postage of the certificate. 

Course includes

  • 43 hours of tuition (21.5 hours per week)
  • Weekly plenary session by well-known ELT speakers
  • Weekly workshops on hot topics
  • Weekly cultural talk
  • Private en-suite accommodation at Homerton College
  • Daily breakfast and weekday evening meals
  • Programme of social and cultural events including a day excursion to London
  • End of course certificate
  • Free wifi onsite
  • 20% discount for all books from the Cambridge University Press bookshop
  • Travel insurance
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