CLIL Team training

Practical workshops for CLIL teachers in The Netherlands

Are you a CLIL teacher and do you want to learn more about a specific topic of CLIL?

Below you can find the different workshops I offer available, following the structure of the CLIL Roadmap.

You can join any of these individually, based on availability.

Practical activities

Not (just) theory, but practical lesson ideas that can be implemented the day after the workshop. After all, it is not like teachers have hours of time to prepare all of their lessons.


As the workshops are organized around the CLIL Quality Roadmap, teachers have a clear path to follow and know exactly when they are going to learn what.

Learn by doing

During the workshops, teachers experience the activities themselves. That way they not only notice what the activity is like from a student perspective, but it also more fun!

1| Basics of CLIL

Laying the foundation

Learning something new always starts with the first step, and that is exactly what this module is all about.

Together we will explore CLIL. We will figure out what it is (and also what it is not!), how it can be applied to your lesson and how it relates to other types of language learning.

Topics in this module

  • The definition of CLIL
  • Soft CLIL vs. Hard CLIL
  • Common misconceptions

    At the end of this module you have a clear understanding of what CLIL is and how it can be applied to your lesson.

    2| Language skills

    Getting students to engage with language

    CLIL is all about implementing language in the lessons. 

    After all, it is not called content and Language integrated learning for no reason, is it?

    Implementing language in the lesson, knowing students have trouble with the content already, can be quite a challenge.

    In this module we will discuss just that! 

    Some of the topics in this module

    • Language as a tool
    • Applying the four language skills
    • BICS & CALP

      At the end of this module you know a variety of ways to implement language in your lesson, like motivating student output.

      3| Scaffolding and Thinking skills

      Implementing essential teaching techniques

      Scaffolding is crucial to CLIL teaching as you are not only a subject teacher, but also a language teacher. This means you need some way of structuring this learning for students.

      With the 6 thinking skills of Bloom, you can help students to learn more effectively and provide a wider variety of activities to ensure more engagement in your lessons.

      Some of the topics in this module

      • What is scaffolding (and what is not scaffolding..)
      • Three types of scaffolding you can apply
      • Why scaffolding learning and scaffolding language is different
      • The difference between LOTS and HOTS
      • How to implement LOTS and HOTS to your lesson

        At the end of this module you can integrate scaffolding in your lesson without having to think of additional activities. You will also be able to apply the thinking skills to the activities you do to increase motivation and possible differentiation.

        "The workshop leader was enthusiastic and informative. The benefit to new CLIL teachers was evident in their feedback and questions during and after the event."  

        Kevin schuck

        PENTA College CSG Jacob van Liesveldt

        4| Activity Design

        Creating engaging CLIL activities

        Before you can design a CLIL lesson, you have to be able to design a CLIL activity.

        Creating effective tasks and activities that allow for differentiation can be quite a challenge.

        In this module these challenges will be discussed.

        Some of the topics in this module

        • Applying differentiation effectively
        • Setting up effective tasks
        • Elements of a good CLIL activity

          At the end of this module you can develop a CLIL activity for your lesson in a short amount of time.

          5| Lesson stages

          Preparing effective CLIL lessons

          Preparing CLIL lessons does not need to take a lot of time. With the step-by-step procedure discussed in this module, every CLIL teacher can prepare a CLIL lesson while keeping an eye on all of the topics discussed before like scaffolding, language skills and thinking skills.

          Some of the topics in this module

          • The four lesson stages
          • Over 15 CLIL activities to be implemented in these stages
          • Infrequent lesson stages (and activities for those)

            At the end of this module you can prepare a CLIL lesson in 15 minutes or less.

            6| Feedback & Assessment

            Effective feedback on language

            One of the key elements of CLIL is motivating student output. But if a teacher does not provide feedback on this, the student will still not learn anything.

            This module also discussed the interesting topic on integrating CLIL in assessments, for example: what role does language play in subject assessments?

            Some of the topics in this module

            • Six different types of feedback
            • Summative vs. Formative feedback
            • Integrating language in assessments

              At the end of this module you can provide effective feedback on both learning and language.

              "The topics were chosen well and the teachers learned a lot"

              Karen Verdel

              Comenius College

              Get in touch

              You can use the form below to receive more information regarding these workshops.

              All workshops are about 3 hours and cost €247,- to attend.

              For Dutch schools only

              What other people say about (online) workshops

              "We had Patrick do both a workshop and a feedback session after lesson visits. Both were highly appreciated but it was the personal feedback on their lessons colleagues appreciated most in particular because of Patrick’s down-to-earth approach and extremely helpful tips and tops. We’ll definitely invite him again."  

              Jan van den bos - Da vinci College

              The Netherlands

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