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Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Primary

This practical course for primary school teachers explores the skills required for CLIL, including approaches and materials, principles underlying effective practice, and testing and assessment.

Course type
Teacher development
Age of student
Language level
Intermediate (B1) - Proficient (C2)
Course dates
29 July - 11 August 2018
Course Length
2 weeks
£1,740 / EUR 2,200
Bell Teacher Campus, Homerton College, Cambridge

Who is this course for?

  • Primary school teachers who teach curricular subjects (e.g. Science, Maths, History, Geography, Arts and Crafts, Physical Education, etc.) wholly or partly in English or who might do so in the future.
  • Teachers who want to develop their teaching skills within a beautiful University of Cambridge college setting and become part of a global teaching community. 

Course outcomes

You will have:

  • A broader understanding of the core features of the CLIL approach
  • Increased awareness of how to teach content subjects in English through different cultural perspectives
  • Increased ability to plan, teach and assess learning in CLIL lessons
  • Ability to use a range of strategies to support continuous language growth as learners develop content knowledge
  • A greater intercultural awareness and its pivotal role in CLIL contexts
  • Opportunity for post-course dissemination of good practice to other teachers

Course description


43 hours per two week course

All Bell Teacher Campus courses are delivered by highly experienced teacher trainers. The team includes a whole host of leading ELT experts and published educational authors, including Adrian Underhill and Chaz Pugliese.

Topics covered on Content and Language Integrated Learning Primary include:

  • Teacher language development
  • Classroom English
  • Working bilingually
  • Key CLIL methodology
  • Materials evaluation
  • Lesson planning
  • Cognitive skills development
  • Analysing task difficulty
  • Different kinds of learner language use
  • Scaffolding language learning during content classes    
  • Strategies that promote dialogic teaching and learning
  • Using educational technology in the CLIL classroom
  • Assessment strategies to support content, language and learning skills development

Topics can be adapted depending on participants’ professional needs, priorities, and teaching context.

Participants will have the opportunity to build up a portfolio of authentic materials to support the cultural component of their teaching.


In addition to the core development course, teachers choose two additional workshops a week, such as ‘Using film in the classroom’, ‘Motivating students’ and ‘Different ways to use songs in the classroom’.

Guest lectures and plenary sessions

Weekly guest lectures and plenary sessions by well-known ELT experts. 

Experience British life

Bell Teacher Campus is set in a University of Cambridge college in the traditional and beautiful city of Cambridge. You can explore the city with other teachers, visit the many museums and go to one of the many outdoor cultural events over the summer such as ‘Shakespeare in the park’. There are a host of activities held on campus too and trips to nearby cities including London.

Bell Teacher Campus partners with Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Take the Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)

Choose to take the TKT at Bell Teacher Campus and gain an internationally recognised qualification, awarded by Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge. Free exam preparation for the TKT is provided. There is only a small admin fee of £38 to take the exam, which includes postage of the certificate. 

Course includes

  • 43 hours of tuition (21.5 hours per week)
  • Weekly plenary session by well-known ELT speakers
  • Weekly workshops on hot topics
  • Weekly cultural talk
  • Private en-suite accommodation at Homerton College
  • Daily breakfast and weekday evening meals
  • Programme of social and cultural events including a day excursion to London
  • End of course certificate
  • Free wifi onsite
  • 20% discount for all books from the Cambridge University Press bookshop
  • Travel insurance
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