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Id.: 32504
Subject type: OPTATIVA
Year: 4 Teaching period: Primer Cuatrimestre
Credits: 6 Total hours: 150
Classroom activities: 64 Individual study: 86
Main teaching language: Inglés Secondary teaching language: Castellano
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Bilingualism in early child and primary education has become a reality and driving force in many schools all over Europe and especially in Spain. As a concept, it proposes to integrate content and language learning in such a way that learners will be cognitivly challenged to learn content through a language that is not their first language. The aim of this subject is to introduce students to the fundamentals of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), which is the most commonly used teaching and learning approach used in today's bilingual programs. This subject aims to provide students with the knowledge and practice they need in order to use this approach in their teaching. During each session students will explore the relationship between content, cognition, communication and culture when they are integrated in specific subjects, such as Physical Education, Natural Sciences and Art and Music. Students will learn how to construct a CLIL lesson plan and deal with the challenges CLIL learners may have through reading and observing the factors that make an effective CLIL lesson and those that do not. They will also have opportunites to practise their teaching and receive feedback from their lecturer and peers. Students will be expected to critially analyse the strengths and weaknesses of this apporach and propose solutions to overcome some of its drawbacks.




General programme competences G01 Capacity to analyse and synthesise information from different sources.
G03 Capacity to organise, plan and self-assess the work undertaken.
G04 Capacity to apply information technologies critically and constructively as tools to promote learning.
G05 Capacity to work in a team and cooperate with other professionals from the same or a different sector.
G07 Capacity for interpersonal communication in English (oral and written) at a minimum B2 level (per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) to adapt to the academic and professional requirements of the Degree.
G10 Capacity to generate new ideas through initiative, innovation and creativity for effective adaptation to educational needs and the job market.
G12 Capacity to self-assess, nurturing learning, scientific research, practice based on evidence and scientific and social progress.
Specific programme competences E01 Understand the educational and learning processes for the 0-6 age group in family, social and school contexts.
E02 Know the advances in childhood psychological development for the 0-3 and 3-6 age range.
E03 Know the basics of early care.
E04 Recognise the identity of this stage and its cognitive, psychomotor, communicative, social and affective characteristics.
E28 Know of international experiences and examples of innovative practices in preschool education.
E42 Know the language and literacy curriculum at this stage as well as the theories on acquisition and development of the corresponding material learned.
E43 Encourage speaking and writing capacities.
E44 Know and master techniques in oral and written expression.
E46 Understand the change from orality to writing and know the different language registers and usage.
E47 Know the learning process and methodology for reading and writing.
E48 Address language learning situations in multilingual situations.
E49 Recognise and assess suitable usage of verbal and non-verbal language.
E50 Know and use resources suitably to encourage reading and writing.
E51 Obtain literary training and be particularly aware of children's literature.
E52 Be able to initiate a first look at a foreign language.
E67 Capacity to understand the main ideas of complex texts which cover specific and abstract topics, even if they are technical - as long as they remain within the person's field of specialisation. In addition, capacity to understand the pedagogical bases in the holistic learning of content and foreign language.
E68 Capacity to interact with native speakers with sufficient fluency and ease that the communication occurs with minimal effort on the part of either speaker.
E69 Capacity to work as a Preschool English Teacher using the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) method.
E70 Capacity to produce clear, detailed texts and design didactic units in line with the pedagogical principles for learning content and foreign languages.
Regulated profession competences P01 Know the objectives, curricular content and assessment criteria for Preschool Education.
P02 Promote and enable learning in early childhood - from an overall inclusive perspective - of the various cognitive, emotional, psychomotor and volitional aspects.
P03 Design and regulate learning areas, in the context of diversity, which cleave to the individual educational needs of the pupils, gender equality and respect for human rights.
P07 Promote the independence and individuality of each pupil as educational factors in early childhood emotions, feelings and values.
P09 Effectively address language learning situations in multicultural and multilingual situations.
P10 Express oneself orally and in writing and master the use of different expressive techniques.
P15 Accept that teaching is a matter of getting better and adapting to scientific, pedagogical and social changes over the course of the career.
P17 Reflect on classroom practices to innovate and improve teaching. Acquire the habits and skills to learn alone or with others and foster this among the pupils.
P19 Find quality improvement models that can be applied to educational establishments.
Learning outcomes R01 Know the CLIL focus and what it contributes to classroom teaching.
R01 Know the CLIL focus and what it contributes to classroom teaching.
R02 Deepen the emphasis on 'problem solving' and 'know how to do things' in other languages as applied to specific subjects.
R02 Deepen the emphasis on 'problem solving' and 'know how to do things' in other languages as applied to specific subjects.
R03 Design a specific proposal for teaching curriculum content in specific areas in English.
R03 Design a specific proposal for teaching curriculum content in specific areas in English.
R04 Critically assess the application of CLIL in the teaching of a specific subject.
R04 Critically assess the application of CLIL in the teaching of a specific subject.


It is highly recommended students taking this course have at least a good B2 level to be able to cope with the demands of the subject.

Students are expected to participate actively in class, ask questions, share opinions and develop a critical thinking mindset.



Subject contents:

1 - Introducing CLIL and Bilingualism
    1.1 - What is bilingualism? Types and contexts
    1.2 - Bilingual programs in Aragón
2 - Building blocks for CLIL
    2.1 - Bloom's taxonomy
    2.2 - Language and genre
    2.3 - BICs and CALP
    2.4 - Scaffolding
3 - Visual organisers in CLIL contexts/Introduction to 4Cs framework
    3.1 - Types of visual organizers
    3.2 - 4Cs framework
4 - Adapting materials and resources for CLIL and Scaffolding
    4.1 - Types of materials and resources
    4.2 - Scaffolding strategies and resources
5 - Planning CLIL
    5.1 - Microteaching
    5.2 - Getting feedback from peers and lecturer
    5.3 - Planning CLIL: examples and practice tasks
    5.4 - Applying 4Cs framework
6 - CLIL Activities for different subjects
    6.1 - CLIL activities for Natural Science and Social Science
    6.2 - CLIL activities for Art and Music
    6.3 - CLIL activities for Physical Education
7 - Teaching CLIL
    7.1 - Microteaching
    7.2 - Getting peer and lecturer feedback
    7.3 - Teaching strategies for CLIL contexts
    7.4 - Digital tools for CLIL contexts
8 - Assessing CLIL
    8.1 - Types of assessment
    8.2 - Giving feedback
    8.3 - Microteaching
    8.4 - Getting peer and lecturer feedback
    8.5 - Evaluating assessment tasks

Subject planning could be modified due unforeseen circumstances (group performance, availability of resources, changes to academic calendar etc.) and should not, therefore, be considered to be definitive.


Teaching and learning methodologies and activities applied:

Learning and teaching methodologies are based on a socio-constructivist approach in which learners construct and co-construct their understanding of the knowledge and concepts acquired which are related to bilingual education and CLIL in particular. Classes will normally be based on an interactive approach with students and lecturer working through a wide range of class activities. The class format will consist of a blend of interactive lecture, task-based learning, class discussion, and debate. Activities will include Flipped Learning, case study method, problem solving, microteaching sessions and interactive learning. Students will be encouraged to critically evaluate and reflect on the issues and topics covered during the course. Therefore, it is essential that students keep up to date with what is covered during each session so that they can participate in class discussions as informed and active members.
Students are encouraged to avail of tutorial sessions as during these sessions, students can ask questions, clarify concepts, ask for additional bibliography, etc. Some tutorial time will be devoted to assistance with group work and the ePortfolio. Your lecturer will inform you about tutorial times.
Independent Study
Students are expected to complete all assessment assignments and independent study tasks mentioned in this syllabus. As regards assessed assignments students are required to upload their completed tasks on the PDU on the due date as penalties may incur if assignments are submitted after the submission date.


Student work load:

Teaching mode Teaching methods Estimated hours
Classroom activities
Master classes 14
Other theory activities 6
Practical exercises 8
Practical work, exercises, problem-solving etc. 8
Debates 3
Coursework presentations 4
Films, videos, documentaries etc. 4
Workshops 3
Participation in seminars, conferences etc. 2
Other practical activities 4
Assessment activities 4
Extra-curricular activities (visits, conferences, etc.) 2
Tutoriales 2
Individual study
Individual study 35
Individual coursework preparation 10
Group cousework preparation 10
Project work 5
Research work 5
Compulsory reading 8
Recommended reading 3
Portfolio 6
Extra-curricular activities (visits, conferences, etc.) 2
Other individual study activities 2
Total hours: 150


Calculation of final mark:

Final exam: 30 %
Oral defense: 30 %
Portfolio: 40 %
TOTAL 100 %

*Las observaciones específicas sobre el sistema de evaluación serán comunicadas por escrito a los alumnos al inicio de la materia.


Basic bibliography:

BALL, P., Kelly, K., Clegg. J. Putting Clil into practise. Oxford: Oxford handbooks, 2015.
DALE, Liz and Rosie Tanner. CLIL Activities. A resource for subject and language teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
COYLE, Do, Hood, Philip., & Marsh, David. Content and Language Integrated Learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
LLUL, Josué, Raquel Feernández, Matthew Johnson and Eva Peñafiel. Planning for CLIL. Designing effective lessons for the bilingual classroom. Madrid: Editorial CCS, 2016.

Recommended bibliography:

DAFOUZ, E., Guerrini, M. (Eds). CLIL across Educational Levels. Madrid: Santillana Educación / Richmond Publishing, 2009.
CHADWICK, Timothy. Language Awareness in Teaching. A Toolkit for Content and Language Teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
LASAGABASTER, DAVID & Ruiz de Zarobe.(Eds.). CLIL in Spain: Implementation, Results and Teacher Training. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.

Recommended websites:

A collection of practical resources for CLIL classes
CLIL materials from the Junta de Andalucia
A collection of CLIL resources and tools
A toolkit for teaching in general
Resources for CLIL

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