A new year has just begun and I know that all of us are eager to fill it in with new hopes, projects and illusion in our personal and professional environments.
My humble contribution at the start of this year will be a lesson plan I have developed for Secondary 3 and 4 level students on the topic of Globalization.
Although this topic can be included both in Geography and Citizenship content areas, I reckon that the proposal I offer might be just an introduction to the topic in a Geography class but a complete sequence in Citizenship.
CLIL practice is much more effective when coordination between the language teacher and the subject teacher takes place so this lesson plan would work much better if this coordination took place and the English language teacher could present the basic vocabulary and language (mainly contrast clauses, language for expressing opinions and language and structure of an opinion essay)
In case coordination between the subject teacher and the English language teacher is not possible, I have added some language support for the students and for the subject teacher who might need it.
Regarding the focus on language, I have tried to choose some activities that help students with differences that are basic in any content area and not only in Citizenship or Geography: language that is used to express facts versus language that is used to express opinions, language that shows certainty and language that shows uncertainty; language that conveys caution; language for generalizations; language for contrast.
You can read the whole lesson plan and find all handouts for you and for the students here.
I hope you will find my proposal useful. We will talk about it in our next seminar session together.