Welcome to the CCN-CLIL 2010 Conference Blog!


| updated! 1. Teaching Teachers for CLIL 2. Managing CLIL Classrooms |

| 3. Enriching Learning through CLIL | 4. Sustaining CLIL |

| 5. Building an Evidence Base | 6. Primary CLIL |

| 7. Creating CLIL resources |


blog updated: Monday, 22nd November 2010

New! Various presentations and a new interview with Hugo Baetens Beardsmore are now at CLIL2010 Proceedings Arena at the CCN Platform.

New! Oliver Meyer’s article “Towards quality CLIL: Successful planning and teaching strategies” is now online for download here (pdf).

clil pyramid - oliver meyer

We are currently working on the editing of the rest of the interviews from the conference which will also be available at the above address.

Should you have any material you want to be published, please send them to the webmaster.

Please note: if you have had problems with viewing the Powerpoint of  “2. Managing CLIL Classrooms”  it can be viewed at the CCN Platform web page or directly through this link: http://ccn-clil.eu/index.php?name=File&nodeIDX=4913.


Isabel Pérez presentation at CLIL2010 on Thursday 30.9. 2010

See Isabel’s presentation  here

Isabel’s weblinks



Approaching Excellence

The aim of the individual CLIL CAFE sessions is to talk through issues relating to quality for the respective topics. We believe that quality assurance is not an issue that can be forced upon the community following a top-down approach, but that such standards should come from the community itself. The CLIL CAFE sessions provide us with an opportunity to start this dialogue.

What are the CCN CLIL Cafes?

At the Eichstatt CLIL Conference in September 2010 there will be extended opportunities for dialogue and participation. The intention of the cafes is to provide space and time in which to meet and talk together about all things CLIL.

Each café will be hosted by convenors who will initiate and facilitate café conversations. The final phase of each café session involves feedback on key aspects to the convenors who will then report back to the conference audience on Saturday afternoon.

What is the purpose of this blog?

The purpose of this blog is to start conversations about the themes of the cafes before the conference even starts. We have identified broad themes and some possible areas of interest for café conversations.

How can you take part?

We invite you to post your comments on this blog on any aspects of CLIL which you would think should be included as conversation topics at Eichstatt. Please note that this contribution maybe a single sentence or a short paragraph.

You do not need to be registered to WordPress; you won’t need a password or username; just start writing on the Comment box at the bottom of each page.

What happens after the conference?

Key ideas and outcomes from café discussions will be posted on the CCN website following the conference.

15 Responses “Welcome to the CCN-CLIL 2010 Conference Blog!” →
  1. My main interest is in participating in or promoting a community of practice of science, maths & CLIL teachers at lower and higher secondary schools. (Unfortunately, I can’t take part at the conference in Eichstätt – but the blog seems a good forum for starting a discussion).

    • My main interest is also in setting up a community of practice for science and maths CLIL teachers in higher secondary education.

  2. Maja Jankovic

    August 16, 2010

    I would like to find out more about CLIL practice in preschool, I teach English children age 4 to 6. Hopefuly I am coming to Eichstatt and looking forward to meet with some ideas, practices and achivements.


  3. Romana Padovnik

    August 18, 2010

    My main interest are the guidelines for creating good CLIL materials (step by step phases), meet some experienced CLIL teachers and I am also looking forward to meet with some examples of good practice.


  4. Susan Hillyard

    August 26, 2010

    I’m based in Argentina where we have been doing CLIL for more than 100 yrs but it did not have the label!

    Our bilingual schools are some of the best in the world. We start with 3 yr olds and do English through song, authentic stories, chants, sports, art, science etc and then move onto project work. In the best practice schools, the Sts at 8 yrs can hold a conversation in English confidently.

    Perhaps CLIL is so entrenched here we don’t define it too well…….
    Susan H


    • Phil Ball

      September 8, 2010

      Hi Susan

      No-one does CLIL by default, and bilingual schools are no exception. If we were to take your claim at face-value, every multilingual educational context (which Argentina isn’t) could say the same thing. CLIL is something different. Let’s be a bit more careful about what we say.

      Phil Ball

  5. Alexandre Kostov

    September 11, 2010

    I teach a number of Tourism subjects, for instance IATA , Amadeus and other Travel and Tourism ICT solution provider’s products. The current curriculum requires that I teach the subjects in the native language. However I feel that the students would be much better trained and if I taught them in English, as all the systems are originally in English. The technical side of the information technology is becoming more easy nowadays, but where the students from non English speaking countries have difficulties is the English terminology.
    I took a look at CLIL and it seems that they are concerned more with LANGUAGE teaching, while I am concerned strictly about content of the teaching materials. My goal is to teach students proper professional English for the Information Technology in Travel and Tourism Industry.

  6. Really appreciating the input we are getting from Marsh, Mehisto & Meyer at the Comenius Course I am attending. It helps me greatly to enhance our conference presentation on the specific EDIA Tools affordances for automated generation of CLIL-materials as the relation to the emergent quality criteria can be made more explicit because they have been published in recent papers and book chapters by the animators.

  7. Hee-haw. Back to the real world on a gloomy, wet Monday morning in Hundred Acre Wood.
    Many thanks to all the colleagues, presenters, chairpeople, jetsetters, unsung heroes and movers and groovers who made the Eichstatt conference so memorable.
    Now the problem is to apply all the stimuli to my real teaching context. Today started well: some of my colleagues asked for an internal certification course to bring them up to level B2. The enthusiasm among my colleagues in the English Department (who would naturally have to teach such a course) was naturally stubbornly around the zero mark. My friend Tigger says I am too negative, but what can you do?


  8. Oliver Sesemann

    October 4, 2010

    Back from Bavaria, I am now sitting here, thinking of ways to apply CLIL2010’s countless stimuli to my teaching context, just as Eeyore writes above. But first of all, I would express my sincere thanks to all those who helped make this conference such a success.

    –> I am looking for someone who has taken photos of the transparencies in Helmut Vollmer’s Fusion Session on “Assessment of content, procedural + linguistic competence in CLIL”, held in the Aula hall on Saturday, 9.00-9.40hrs. I would be most grateful if you could get in touch with me if you can help. Thanx! <–

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  10. sharon

    March 9, 2012

    Hello there – i am a newbie to CLIL but have been working in a bilingual (Italian/English) environment in Australia for about 4 years – I am currently completing an online CLIL course through Ca Foscari in Venice – any suggestions and introductions regarding CLIL best practice and teaching and learning would be most valuable – grazie

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