How To Write CLIL Materials

CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) materials are typically used in bilingual and international schools where school subjects are taught in the target language. This is an area of ELT that is difficult to publish global materials for and throws up a different set of challenges for the ELT writer. Is the syllabus driven by the language or the subject? How can you support the linguistic demands without watering down the subject content? How can assessment avoid penalising students who are good at the subject, but weaker at English? Once you can answer these questions, you’ll be able to develop materials that, according to recent research, help learners not only outperform their non-CLIL peers in English, but also in science, maths and even in their mother tongue.

This book provides:

  • dozens of illustrative examples from published CLIL materials.
  • guidance on liaising with other departments.
  • reflective tasks and suggested answers.
  • a checklist to evaluate the CLIL materials that you’ll create.

This book forms part of the ELT Teacher 2 Writer training course. The course is designed to help you write better ELT materials, either for publication, or simply to improve the quality of your self-produced classroom materials.


Amanda McLoughlin

Amanda first moved from the world of ELT teaching to CLIL teaching in 2008, when she was offered a job in a soft CLIL programme in a primary school in the north of Spain. She became the science and arts and crafts teacher, and had to create all her own materials for this. Amanda has also worked extensively for OUP, writing upper-primary social and natural science coursebooks (first and second editions), activity books and teacher’s books, tests, extension worksheets, revision worksheets. She has also been involved in secondary level materials, and has learned a lot about biology, geology and Spanish history along the way! Amanda now works almost exclusively as a CLIL materials writer and as a freelance CLIL teacher trainer.

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