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Pilgrims English Language Courses

Pilgrims English Language Courses

Jane Hoatson & Maria K. Norton

Plenary: Challenge to think CLIL

With CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) gaining ground in countries like Italy, what can embracing this approach offer the practitioner and the learner?

Bloom’s taxonomy, classifying thinking skills, dates to the 1950s and continues to inform teaching practice and learning objectives. What part do these skills play in humanising language teaching and what role do they play in CLIL methodology? Which skills are relevant for language learners in the 21st century and what can teachers do to promote them?


Workshop:  Unlocking Learners’ minds

Developing cognitive skills is one of the four principles underpinning CLIL methodology.  This is possibly the most challenging aspect but also the most the most exciting and rewarding for both CLIL and English language teachers. Engaging learners in thinking is the key to unlocking their minds. This workshop will simulate the CLIL classroom, a learner-centred environment with a task based approach, offering plenty of opportunity for discussion and much food for thought!


The topics we will be thinking about are:

  • What do we mean by cognitive skills?

  • Which classroom activities promote which thinking skills?

  • How can our classroom language promote these skills?

  • Who does the thinking in the classroom?