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Comments (11)

Philip Hood said

at 6:56 am on Sep 25, 2008

Hello from Philip Hood and Kristina Tobutt
The two of us have just joined the group, and we are both very involved in CLIL at a primary level. We see this as a really vital step to ensure that as primary languages becomes compulsory in two years time, the full range of language learning experiences is available to the children. This includes a CLIL experience which can be made accessible both to teachers who lack confidence and to children who readily accept the language being integrated into their learning topics.
We also believe in a very early start - preferably from EYFS at 4 years old. At that stage children seem to operate happily in whatever language you use - Kristina has some wonderful experiences of how that works in practice.
While we know this group is focusing heavily on secondary CLIL (we both have experience of that too), we know that Neil has some primary experience too and we hope that we can extend the dialogue (and perhaps in time the membership) to primary issues.

Kathy Wicksteed said

at 8:08 am on Sep 25, 2008

A very warm welcome to you both! We have another contribution with a primary focus from Alison Clarke (on the Drama page), and I think it's really important to bring primary and secondary approaches together.


Cynthia Martin said

at 8:19 pm on Feb 27, 2009

Hello everyone again and in particular PRIMARY CLIL practitioners!

I've been given the task of coming up with some practical teaching activities using the London 2012 Games as a context. They don't have to be CLIL ideas necessarily but some clearly could be. The ideas need to reflect the OLYMPIC values which include friendship, equality and respect. If anyone is feeling creative or has some suggestions please get in touch - add your comments to this discussion group if you like to begin with.


Karen Hutley said

at 9:44 pm on Jan 24, 2010

Hello all,

I've just done a CLIL module with History and year 7 French (Norman Conquest, resources already uploaded :) ) and have to say that both myself, the students (and the Head of History!) are loving it. Onto castles next, so thrilled to see some resources already made - I seem to spend my life searching Google for certain pics and making worksheets and powerpoints...

Celia said

at 3:40 pm on Mar 11, 2010

Hello from Celia Fell in Stoke-on-Trent.
A few months ago I finished a mathematics PGCE at Keele University. This included spending four weeks in France teaching mathematics in a school in Besancon. I lived in Belgium as a child and spent a year in Bordeaux as part of my engineering degree so I am fluent in French. I am hoping to find an NQT post where my language skills will be useful and will consider relocating anywhere that housing is affordable on a teacher's salary. If you have any suggestions, they would be much appreciated.


HelenCSimpson said

at 9:43 am on Jul 19, 2011

Hi! Inspired by Pippa Jacobs experience of teaching the Tudors in French (http://www.primarylanguages.org.uk/policy_and_research/research_and_statistics/spotlight_on/clil.aspx) I'm going to work with Year 3 on their Tudors project in September. My background is secondary MFL and my role in the primary school where I work is to assist teachers in integrating languages (plural!) and language teaching/learning strategies into their topic work. I'd like to use a CLIL approach, but wil have pupils who have done little French before... any comments/suggestions? I will of course share any resources...

Pippa Jacobs said

at 6:40 am on Jul 22, 2011

thanks for your interest in the work I posted. It can be taught directly in line with the KS2 framework objectives - ie for year 3 lots of actions that go with the words - la danse, le sport, la musique, l'art, l'architecture etc. Set of Word cards in groups - play guess which pastime I'm miming. Play 1st person/3rd person circle game in groups, going round circle saying a sentence using a card picked up from middle - j'aime la danse, mais il (point to person next to them) aime le sport. just a few ideas. How much target language can be used is very much down to your relationship with them - it may scare them for you to speak only French to begin with, but this can be built up over time. As long as you are gesturing alot and holding up pictures and repeating the same words slowly, they can cope with alot more than we think! Be glad to continue discussion.

HelenCSimpson said

at 4:06 pm on Jul 22, 2011

Thanks Pippa! This gives me some confidence I know how to approach it as i'd have linked in with the same areas language-wise. Primary pupils and teachers scare me, as its a whole new area for me. I just don't have the subject knowledge in areas other than language learning, or experience in primary methodology, but know its also good to be aware of those things because its a starting point for learning. I will also work closely with the class teachers re the history (and spend the summer swatting up!!). Did you also do colours and clothes in this topic? ... Will let you know how it goes! Its great to be in touch with people doing similar things via a forum like this. Thanks to everyone for sharing materials! Hopefully I'll be able to add some at some point! Helen

Lili said

at 3:09 am on Jan 12, 2012

Hello Kathy,
I would be interested to find out more about successfull CLIL programs in UK. As a school development officer for languages I organise online seminars and would be interested to invite UK teachers (primary and/or secondary) to present. Could you recommend anybody?

Pippa Jacobs said

at 9:09 am on Jan 13, 2012

I am interested - I have been training primary teachers for Links into Languages and Network for Languages.I have also authored training courses. I am a CLIL practitioner in my school. Contact me at pippajacobs@gmail.com

LauraCollado said

at 7:03 pm on May 30, 2012

Hello everyone from Barcelona!
I am a student teacher, just finishing my Masters in FLT, and I have been very interesting in CLIL since I discovered it. As part of my final dissertation I researching certain aspects of CLIL and I was hoping some of you would share your experience by answering a short survey. It will only take you a few minutes and the information you share will be very valuable. Here is the link to the survey: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/gform?key=0Apyg4K-WBe_IdC1PbTNnWjcwY2RBNk1LT2JiQWowclE
I am also developing a CLIL Film Studies syllabus for Secondary level which I hope to share with you once it is done.
In addition any ideas or suggestions will be very welcome! Thanks!

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