Friday, 25 November 2011

CIREL'S ready-to-use CLIL materials

The CIREL website, an agency of the Education Department of the Catalan Government, offers a large bank of ready-to-use CLIL didactic units  covering a wide range of topics of various subject areas for both Primary and Secondary school.
These materials have been designed by Catalan teachers during a paid-study leave in the UK and are displayed in two different blocks: one collects  materials which cover 35 teaching hours; the other lists 6-10 teaching hours materials. Although Catalan is the vehicular language of the site, all worksheets, teacher’s guidelines, activities descriptions and further materials are written in English. It is really worth taking a look at them.

We would like to congratulate the teachers who have designed these materials for their great job and thank them for sharing it.

CLIL in Andalucia

The Andalusian regional ministry of education has published a bank of content materials for bilingual education. 

They were designed for use in CLIL  classes (Social and Natural Science; Mathematics; Music; Sport; Technology and Art) at Primary and Secondary level in three L2s: English, French and German. Each unit is organized around a specific content topic and covers 6-10 classroom sessions. The units open with an outline of content, linguistic and competence goals and each is accompanied by a teacher guide. 

The units were designed by experienced CLIL teachers with methodological and linguistic support from a team led by Francisco Lorenzo and including Pat Moore, both CLIL ReN members and researchers at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide´s Learning Research Centre Icárea. 

These materials  are  available on-line (and free) at:

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

A webquest on Christmas

Planning Christmas is a webquest created with google sites for students in their last level of Primary education or DBH 1st level/ 1st cycle.

Task 6 shows a checklist for students to prepare their oral presentation to the class. The rubric for the whole webquest is in the assessment section.

As you may see, it proposes tasks for students to work on their own in pairs while the teacher moves around helping here and there. Students have to use web resources as well as the attachments uploaded by the teacher. Feel free to use it as it is or use anything you like about it!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Blogging around

Just in case we decide to learn a bit on blogging, here is Felipe Zayas' concept map on blogs. He offers a general view on how blogs may be used for different purposes in the school context.

Here are some samples on how different English teachers are using blogs with their students and this is a document on blogging, just some basic general things.

Last but not least here are some tutorials in Basque created by Irene Gonzalez (B06 Berritzeguneko Aholkularia).

Friday, 4 November 2011

Films as an educational tool provides award-winning teaching resources, teacher training and cinema based events which support the use of film within the curriculum.  You can find some interesting   resources on recent films both for Primary and Secondary level. (You won't be able to see the films but only some extracts from them)

University of Missouri: Content-rich online resources

eThemes is a very powerful source for content-rich online resources that will help enhance your teaching and save you time. eThemes provides free, fast access to over 2,500 collections of websites, on a wide variety of topics.

You can either use keywords to search the database
or browse the entire list of topics which you will find listed alphabetically or by grade level. 

Music: the unspoken word

No matter what your age, nationality or social status are, music reaches deep inside all of us. It evokes feelings, memories and emotions. Therefore, no one wants to miss the experience and students are not the exception. So, why don't you make the most of the highly motivating power of music in your classes?
The site we propose will help your students to develop a higher understanding of music. It contains video interviews with worldwide known musicians, a research assistant, competitive quizzes and a wide range of content.

Click here to check it out.

Educational videos on different subjects is a web site where you can find a great deal of educational videos, lessons and games on different areas.

For instance, you will find some of them on oceans with the corresponding activities and quizzes to check students' understanding.

Have a look at this one as a sample:

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Science in English and other languages

Here you have a web site which focuses on Science teaching and research. What makes it really valuable is the fact that it is written in many different languages so it can be very useful for your multicultural classes:

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