Monday, 28 January 2013


The Roles of Language in CLIL

If time allows us, on our session on January 29th  I'd like to spend some time on the roles of language in CLIL which have been very thoroughly studied by Ana Llinares, Tom Morton and Rachel Whittaker in the book "The Roles of Language in CLIL" published by CUP.  
"The Roles of Language in CLIL" provides a theoretically based approach to the  integration of language and content in Primary and Secondary contexts addressed to a range of stakeholders in Content and Language Integrated Learning. Adopting the framework of systemic functional linguistics, this book raises practitioners' awareness of how language functions in CLIL. 
Drawing on their wide experience as CLIL educators and researchers, the authors explore data collected in real CLIL classrooms and provide a rich description of how CLIL students' language works and may be expected to develop.
One of the authors of the book, Ana Llinares, is a Senior lecturer in the English Department, Madrid Universidad Autónoma and she will be delivering a talk on this topic on May 15th at Getxolinguae. It is therefore a good idea that we have a look at her work before the conference takes place

Tuesday, 22 January 2013


Our last seminar session was focused on tools for peer assessment. Next Tuesday January 29th  I will suggest some tools to help teachers when they have to assess their students' speaking performances.  There are plenty of rubrics that can be used but now I would like to recommend  this  one from  because it  is really easy to use and  designed to fit any topic or subject area. The rubric proposed allows teachers to assess students in several key areas of oral presentation. Students are scored on a scale of 1- 4 in three major areas.

The first area is Delivery, which includes eye contact, and voice inflection. 

The second area, Content/Organization, scores students based on their knowledge and understanding of the topic being presented and the overall organization of their presentation. 

The third area, Enthusiasm/Audience Awareness, measures  students'  enthusiasm towards the topic and their ability to convey the message effectively  to their intended audience. 

Give students the oral presentation rubric ahead of time so that they know and understand what they will be scored on. Discuss each of the major areas and how they relate to their oral presentation.