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MA - Content and Language Integrated Learning

This module will raise your practical and theoretical awareness of CLIL educational contexts. You will explore key principles in CLIL and their application to teaching practice. You will have opportunities to investigate at least one specified CLIL context, to create CLIL teaching and learning materials and design a CLIL training course with accompanying materials.

This module carries 30 credits.

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Location: Online


Experience: Degree. language teaching experience


Language Level: B2/C1 or higher


Course dates: 
17 April - 21 June 2023


Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA awarded by University of Chichester


Course Length: 8 weeks (+ 1 week break)


Course fees: £1210


Minimum age: 18


Max class size: 16


Tutor-led and highly interactive


Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms


Specialist ELT eLibrary


Accredited by AQUEDUTO

Course content


Professional development and networking in CLIL


The range of educational contexts which make up the field of CLIL; how to define what constitutes a CLIL context


The theoretical domains of language education and learning which contribute to an understanding of CLIL


How to describe the language used in subject materials and in the classroom teaching of subjects


How to use techniques for investigating subject and classroom language


A range of approaches to, and methodologies for, teaching CLIL


The range of tasks used in integrating content and language and how to design such tasks


The factors determining the construction of assessment procedures in CLIL; how to design assessment procedures for a specific CLIL context


Objectives – at the level of a CLIL activity and at the level of CLIL-based educational policy

Assessment (written after completion of the course and supervised at distance by tutors):

A portfolio (50%) containing TWO of the following three options:

  1. An INSET course for a specified context.

  2. A set of materials designed for a specific CLIL context.

  3. A report on a small-scale investigation in a CLIL context.

Main assignment (3,000 words) (50%) in the form of an experience report with critical comment, OR a case study rooted in a CLIL context OR a report on research into an aspect of CLIL.

Further Information

Online courses are broken down into individual units and activities, forming a clear structure. Tasks will be interactive, involving voice chat, forums and community walls, and they will utilize a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos. Participants need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. You can do much of the course on a tablet or mobile device, but will need a computer for certain activities.

All participants have access to NILE’s extensive ELT e-library and the NILE digital Tasks are interactive, involving live online sessions, forums and community walls, and utilise a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos.

All NILE’s courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or development of language awareness.

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