In the morning of June the 30th the CLIL course started. Ten teachers from the three associations belonging to different educational levels were presented the course programme by the presidents of each association (Eglè, Loreta and Carmen). Then the teachers took part in a well-organised icebreaking session in order to get to know each other. Teachers had brought some items from their own countries to make the introduction much more exciting. Some highlights of the course included discussion on current issues about teaching subjects through English in an environment of mutual cooperation and the types of language associated to this type of methodology, followed by a lively session on how to activate thinking skills.
Day two started with a productive session on the role of scaffolding in CLIL and how to develop strategies to improve teachers’ tasks.
These activities were completed with the development of a common template to design some agreed useful stages in lesson planning.
All the teachers’ performances met the approval of the groups.
The remaining sessions were devoted to preparing a project in groups of three. For this purpose, students were given a set of guidelines. The rest of the day and also day 3 were dedicated to the development of the project and to the presentation of each individual project. Methodology included peer-teaching observation; this activity proved to be enriching and profitable.
The last part of the course included an engaging open discussion on evaluation and feedback.
A more detailed timetable including teachers’ names can be found in these pages.
As part of the social programme there was a cultural food sharing where the participants displayed different kinds of food from their countries of origin and were challenged to taste them all.
Apart from other cultural exchange activities, all the teachers took part in a sightseeing round tour of Vilnius at night and were impressed by the enticing city, its distinctive quality and the variety of choices for going out and about.
In the evening on the last day everyone enjoyed a farewell party. The snapshots included offer better proof than our words and give evidence of the pleasant and lively atmosphere that prevailed over the whole evening.
Congratulations to the organisers, teachers and guest teams!