Putting CLIL into Practice


Key note speaker: Phil Ball (OUP)

Co-author of the latest book on CLIL:

Putting CLIL into Practice (by OUP, 2015)


Phil Ball: Putting CLIL into Practice: the 3 dimensions of content’

Abstract: CLIL stands for ‘Content & Language Integration’ but what do we mean by ‘content’?  CLIL teachers of both younger and older learners find it useful to distinguish between factual content (concepts), more cognitive content (skills) and the specific language content (linguistic) their students need in more content-based approaches. This session will outline the notion of the ‘3 dimensions of content’, identify this content in the books proposed, and involve the teachers in some practical activities around this theme.

Bio: Phil Ball works mainly for the Federation of Basque Schools, based in San Sebastián. He has been involved in several European projects, and has written a wide variety of CLIL textbooks for the Basque Schools’ social science syllabus (studied in English).  His new English textbook series ‘Subject Projects 2’ was nominated for the Innovation Award at the ELTONS in London in 2016 and and he wrote and performed the music for the award-winning primary-school project, ‘Story Projects’.  He  also teaches methodology to university lecturers who wish to teach through English and is the Module leader on the MA CLIL course run by NILE in Norwich , England. He has co-written a new book about CLIL with Keith Kelly and John Clegg, called ‘Putting CLIL into Practice’ (Oxford University Press 2015). 

Contact: ball.philip6@gmail.com


Workshop Presenters

Primary CLIL:

Roman Čančinov (Oxford University Press)

Silvia Pokrivčáková (Trnava University)


Lower secondary CLIL:

Michal Bodorík (Catholic University in Ružomberok)

Danica Gondová (freelance teacer trainer)

Kitti Páleníková & Zuzana Naštická (Constantine the Philosopher University)

Michaela Sepešiová (Prešov University)


Mgr. Roman Čančinov: The best of primary CLIL

Abstract: A successful CLIL lesson is a student-centered approach to learning. For our young learners, a successful CLIL lesson is experiential, challenging, rewarding and active. The teacher facilitates and manages the learning process by moving around the class, ensuring that students are actively involved and using the language tools they need to succeed. Most importantly, CLIL allows students to use their language skills in a meaningful and productive way. The workshop deals with some important points when incorporating CLIL into your young learners´ classroom. It will provide you with practical activities and materials that might seem useful for primary teachers. Let´s open the windows of our classrooms and invite our amazing world inside ...

Bio: Roman Čančinov studied at the University of Prešov, Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences, English and German Language and Literature. He improved his qualification at methodology centre in Prešov. He gained his experience of teaching EFL whilst teaching teenagers at secondary school and teaching different age groups privately.

Since 2007 he has been working for Oxford University Press as an ELT Consultant. He has organized a lot of teacher training events and given presentations on the methodology at various conferences and seminars in Slovakia. He co-operates with educational institutions around Slovakia, from primary and secondary schools, to universities, libraries and methodology centres.

Contact: roman.cancinov@oup.com

Mgr. Michal Bodorík, PhD.: CLIL at History classes

Abstract: The main content of this workshop is the presentation of sample activities that bind the application of both English language learning and the content of historical/cultural topics one lesson at a time. The participant will be shown how to teach the English language through various themes that are an integral part of multicultural knowledge. This session will be focused mainly on development of speaking and vocabulary.

Bio: Mgr. Michal Bodorík, PhD. currently works as a lecturer and teacher instructor of future teachers at the Catholic University in Ružomberok and also teaches at Peter Škrabák’s Elementary School in Dolný Kubín at both primary and lower secondary levels. His teaching practice and research mainly focus on the teaching of ESL speaking skills particularly the uptake of proper pronunciation, issues connected to pronunciation errors of Slovak learners, and the application of multimedia in English classes. His interests extend to the survey and application of CLIL methodology within English classes with particular attention to historical and cultural aspects of both the Slovak and Anglophone worlds.

contact: bodomiso@gmail.com

PaedDr. Danica Gondová, PhD.: Let’s Play CLIL

Abstract: Learning a subject in a CLIL class in a foreign language does not need to be difficult or painful if learners understand that they use the foreign language to gain new knowledge, to learn from each other and to talk about the new subject matter with their peers. The objective of the workshop is to provide practical ideas on integrating language and content. The activities and games we are going to present make it possible for learners to acquire new language playfully, without realizing that they are learning grammar or new, high-level vocabulary.  In addition to that, they scaffold learners. That means that both high- and low-achievers can do the task and enjoy success, which motivates them to study in a CLIL class.

Bio: PaedDr. Danica Gondová, PhD. has been involved in English language teaching and CLIL as a teacher and teacher trainer, and has also been involved in writing ELT materials. At the beginning of her teaching career, she taught English at the Commercial Academy in Martin, later at the Bilingual English-Slovak Grammar School in Sučany where she provided language support to CLIL teachers. As a teacher trainer, she co-operates with the Methodology and Pedagogy Centres in Bratislava and in Žilina, and the National Institute for Education (SPU) in Bratislava where she runs courses focused on the development of speaking skills in English lessons and CLIL. In her research projects she focuses on the process of proceduralization of explicit language knowledge, and the development of language skills in CLIL lessons.

Contact: danica.gondova@oup.com


RNDr. Kitti Páleníková, PhD. & Mgr. Zuzana Naštická: Manipulatives in CLIL mathematics lessons

Abstract: The focus of the workshop is the use of manipulatives in CLIL mathematics lessons. Some mathematical topics are easier to revise rather than present for the first time. The workshop attendants will be shown one possible way of exposing and revising knowledge about basic planar and solid figures with the use of home-made projection box and a flashcard triple set. In relation to the presented activities the issue of question-posing will also be discussed.

Bio: Kitti Páleníková is an assistant professor at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, at the Department of Mathematics. Her research area is motivation and constructivist approach in mathematics education. She has organized several math popularization activities for students and
in-service teacher training courses. She has practical experience from teaching math at lower secondary school. Currently she is the principal investigator of an educational project focused on CLIL methodology, bilingual education and constructivist approach in mathematics education.

Bio: Zuzana Naštická is a PhD student at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, at the Department of Mathematics. In her dissertation research, which is a follow-up to her diploma thesis, she is focused on bilingual mathematics education and the perspectives of CLIL approach in it. She taught an after school bilingual mathematics course for lower secondary school learners. She is a
co-investigator in an educational project focused on CLIL methodology, bilingual education and constructivist approach in mathematics education.


Prof. PaedDr. Silvia Pokrivčáková, PhD.: Primary e-CLIL

Abstract: The presentation focuses on both benefits and risks of e-CLIL (CLIL supported by various digital technologies) at primary level of education. It introduces recommended strategies and teaching techniques, as well as presents some easy-to-use ways of assessing digital sources for CLIL lessons.

Bio: Prof. PaedDr. Silvia Pokrivčáková, PhD. is a lecturer, teacher trainer and researcher in language pedagogy at Trnava University, Slovakia, as well as at Tomas Bata University in Zlin, the Czech Republic. She also cooperates with several other universities and educational institutions in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, France, Poland and Austria. Being interested in a wide variety of subjects related to the contemporary problems of teaching foreign languages to young and teenage learners, she has been currently focusing on teaching foreign languages to learners with special educational needs (inclusive education), CLIL and literary education. She is an author and editor of numerous monographs, research studies, teacher handbooks and textbooks, as well as an organiser of regular academic events for language pedagogy researchers and teachers.

The set of practical interactive activities by the conference partner EdWay will be introduced dring the workshops given both in Žilina and Bratislava.

Contact: KAJL PdF Trnava University, Priemyselná 4,  P. O. BOX 9, 918 43  Trnava, Slovakia, silvia.pokrivcakova@truni.sk

Mgr. Michaela Sepešiová, PhD.: The importance of educational assessment in CLIL

Abstract: This workshop aims to introduce the role of assessment in CLIL. Teachers who implement CLIL are often worried about how to  assess their students' progress in terms of content and language. Moreover, it is focused on providing good examples of assessment activities; the nature of assessment in CLIL settings and widening the assessment repertoire for CLIL.  The first part introduces an interesting findings related to the balance between language and content. In the second part some information on assessment in CLIL will be given i.e. a collection of assessment examples and rubrics, as a useful tool for teachers.

Bio: Mgr. Michaela Sepešiová, PhD. sa vedecky a publikačne sa orientuje na oblasť didaktiky anglického jazyka. V súčasnosti svoju vedeckú a publikačnú činnosť orientuje predovšetkým na oblasť vyučovania anglického jazyka v prepojení na CLIL  v primárnom a sekundárnom vzdelávaní. Ďalšia výskumná oblasť sa orientuje na implementáciu CLIL v rámci edukačného procesu, profiláciu kompetencií učiteľa CLIL, problematiku plánovania CLIL hodín.