Friday, 28 March 2014


There is a big difference between watching a video and learning something from a video.  Regarding CLIL contexts, there is no doubt that videos are a great opportunity to employ authentic material and resources, but we should make sure that we  design specific tasks to boost students’ understanding of the content area which is being implemented through English.  

 Today I would like to share with you  a very interesting research carried out by Cristina Oddone.  Her paper reports on a research study that focused on the use of videos for task-based learning of scientific subjects through English in Secondary education.  You can read her research here. You will find not only a very complete description of the reasons for exploiting these audio-visual aids in the CLIL classrooms but a practical example for Science classes on the structure of DNA. Activities are included in her paper and you can watch the video below these lines:

Another practical contribution to our CLIL classrooms is the blog  by Angela Ruiz, Bilingual Coordinator at Pedro Espinosa High School (Antequera, Málaga). This blog provides Secondary teachers with a collection of videos and worksheets on Social Studies, Science and Physical Education.

My heartfelt congrats to Cristina and Angela from here.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Comenius CORE: CLIL Objectives and Resource-Kit in Education

The  CORE project uses systematic, qualitative methods of action-research to investigate the implementation of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) “on the ground” in Primary and Secondary schools within a variety of socio-linguistic contexts in five European countries: Norway, Spain, Lithuania, Italy and Greece.

By clicking on the link above you will learn about the main objectives of this powerful project but  through this post I would like to  remark the quality of the video resources they have developed because they are undoubtedly very clear examples of good CLIL practice.

Find  some of the videos they have created below :

The Cartoon Character’s House - Technology in English from Kunnskapsfilm on Vimeo.

Step-by-step procedure for this Technology lesson that focuses on Architecture (scales and floor plans) can be found here.

Drama in English from Kunnskapsfilm on Vimeo.

See complete lesson plan for the Drama unit here.

The two videos above were produced by schools in Mallorca.  Norway has shared  this  video lesson on Human Rights.

Apart from commenting on these high-quality resources I would like to let you know about the course they will arrange in Palma de Mallorca from  October 18th till October 24th, 2014.  Click here to find all necessary information about it.

From these lines my congratulations to all participants in this project and my heartfelt gratitude for having shared your outcomes with all CLIL believers.