With every English project, we offer free in-service training to all teachers at the school. Our CLIL seminars are recognised as official teacher training (“SchiLF”). With the kind permission of Frau Dr. Adelheid Berghammer (Fremdsprachen und Humanwissenschaften, PH OÖ) we may refer you to the Institut für Fortbildung und Schulentwicklung der PH OÖ for further information regarding teacher training in Austria.
In our CLIL seminars, one of our experienced Senior Teachers shares how they organise the classroom to the benefit of activities, and how to teach advanced language in fun and effective ways. They also demonstrate the core principles of CLIL by doing one of the ABCi CLIL activities with the teachers.
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is one of the main principles our ABCi programme is based on. In the CLIL approach, language is presented in context to expose learners to the use of the language, while the topic of the content engages the learners with the activities. For example, our ABCi workshops contain elements of geography, sports, and maths that are taught in English.
Active Learning brings English to life through the use of real world objects, situations and role-play in order to maximise the student’s learning process. It’s shown to be a more effective method for language acquisition than the traditional “listen, repeat and remember” approach, and is at the heart of our approach to teaching.
CLT is short for ‘Communicative Language Teaching‘ which means the focus of teaching language is on the learner’s ability to communicate with other users of the language. This is contrasted against the traditional focus of the language teaching classroom: grammar and lexical items. Where in the traditional classroom there would be an evaluation of the student’s language skill by their ability to adhere to grammatical structures and particular lexis, in the CLT classroom there would be an evaluation of whether the learner can communicate clearly or not in that language.