Are you one of the many teachers who is now using the vehicle of the English language to transport their students to greater knowledge in other subjects? Do you find yourself frantically searching the internet for resources to use in class, or spending hours creating them yourself?
Well, let us help you out with some super suggestions for links to ready-made resources you can use in your classes… Before we begin, though… whether you’re a seasoned CLILer, or a newbie who doesn’t know their hard CLIL from their soft CLIL, a good place to start is with Amanda McLoughlin’s talk from the IH TOC 2021:
So here are our seven super suggestions for useful CLIL websites:
1. Macmillan Education’s onestopenglish.com has a great selection of articles and resources for CLIL teachers and it can be accessed here: https://www.onestopenglish.com/clil/clil-articles/501248.article (please note that you need to register to access the materials).
2. Another very useful website with a lot of resources, as well as links to other sites for various subjects and webinars is https://clillanguageteachers.weebly.com/ . On the main page, you can also download a template for a CLIL lesson plan and a Unit planner.
3. Keith Kelly, one of the authors of the OUP book “Putting CLIL into Practice” (along with Phil Ball and John Clegg), has a fantastic site full of ideas and resources which can be found here: https://www.factworld.info/
4. If you’re a primary school teacher looking for ready-made resources, a great place to find them is http://www.primaryresources.co.uk . There are Powerpoints, online games, and all sorts of things for a range of subjects. For example, check out their Science section for some really fun stuff to try in class: http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/science/science3a.htm
5. Although it’s no longer in publication, you can get some great inspiration from back issues of CLIL magazine online that you can read online for free at https://www.clilmedia.com/clil-magazine/
6. Wikipedia is a great resource for students to learn about any topic, but the language can often be tricky for English language learners. The good news is that there is a simplified version made specifically for learners of English, which is here: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_English_Wikipedia
7. The Khan Academy website is full of fantastic educational resources for all ages and subjects. Some of them may be too advanced for English language learners, but others are just perfect for the CLIL classroom. Check it out here: https://www.khanacademy.org/
Of course, these are just a few of the many amazing resources which exist for helping teachers with CLIL. If you want to improve your CLIL teaching and get plenty of ideas for your classes, sign up for our next fully-online “Introduction to teaching CLIL” course: https://ihworld.com/teach/ih-online-teacher-training/introduction-to-teaching-clil/
Thank you to Lucie Cotterill IHWO DoS Coordinator for her 7 super suggestions for this blog!