About this course
The Content and Language Integrated Learning (further CLIL) has already become one of the significant issues in Kazakhstani education. In this respect, Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools has gained the prominent attention of both local and international stakeholders respectively in the implementation of the CLIL approach. Consequently, the CLIL teacher-trainers and teachers are studying the best ways of peer-teaching and learning, exploring the challenges CLIL teachers face while teaching their subjects in English, and identifying the benefits for teachers’ professional development. Apart from that NIS teachers are translating their CLIL experience to show the in-depth understanding of their best practice to secondary school teachers who are also responsible to teach the selected subjects in English.
Faced with such a growth of CLIL education, especially during the current online teaching, one of the crucial challenges that we must deal with is the provision of good teacher training and effective teaching materials. From this perspective, we highly appreciate that we can now offer NIS Uralsk and secondary school CLIL teachers ‘The What, Why and How of CLIL Online’ resource in Stepik platform in English language, aimed at supporting them in their daily work.
Stepik is an online platform to create and educational content lessons with automatic assignments for learners with the following timely feedback. In this very platform the team of author-compilers, composed of one certified CLIL teacher trainer (Chemistry), three English language teachers and one Computer Science teacher working at NIS Uralsk in CLIL, have brought together broad knowledge and long experience in this ﬁeld, and have created an online instrument for the professional development of teachers.
We hope that ‘The What, Why and How of CLIL Online’ will meet the needs of many current and future CLIL teachers: it presents the theoretical background based on international CLIL experts’ (Kay Bentley, Phill Ball, Keith Kelly, John Clegg, Peeter Mehisto with Y.L. Teresa Ting) books which CLIL teachers consult on everyday work, showing the benefits for classroom teaching and offering useful practical exercises for CLIL teachers.
Online platform resource consists of nine units of short theoretical texts with further exercises for multiple choice, matching and fill in the gaps. The online resource appeared due to eight years intraschool CLIL courses and seminars, CLIL summer schools for NIS and secondary school teachers run by CLIL teachers and international teachers at NIS Uralsk. The annual interviews with the current NIS Uralsk 24 CLIL teachers who teach Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science in English in the senior school (grades 11-12) highlight the importance of continuous support via seminars, webinars, and classroom observations with further constructive feedback. Apart from that, the last three years seminars were organised mostly in English that leads to the necessity of English resources. So, the language of the online resource is quite suitable for the teachers. Fortunately, the given online resource is comfortable for the author-compilers to add fresh materials (texts, graphs, videos) or remove if the task is not suitable anymore.
We sincerely hope that this online resource will be of value to all who join and practice it.
Assel Sakhiyeva, CLIL trainer, Chemistry teacher-expert
Baktygul Segizbayeva, Master of Science in Educational Leadership (NU), English teacher-moderator
Boris Zelenov, Microsoft trainer, Computer Science teacher-expert
Aliya Sergaliyeva, Teacher Professional Development Trainer, Master of Science in Educational Leadership (NU), English teacher-moderator
Ainura Lukpanova, English teacher
Whom this course is for
English - B1