Preparing an engaging CLIL lesson in 15 minutes

Learn what steps to follow to drastically lower the time it takes to prepare your CLIL Lesson

No prior knowledge about CLIL needed

What you might have tried already

Workshops that provided inspiration, for a couple of weeks

Books that offer a lot of information, but no step by step procedure

Discuss with colleagues, but you both do not have the time to do follow-ups

That is okay, we have all been there.

I know I have.

It was difficult back then...


 When I started out with teaching CLIL almost 15 years ago it was quite a struggle.

There was no procedure, no plan, no guidance on how to do it.

I know what CLIL stood for…

..but that did not mean I knew how to apply it effectively to my lesson…

..with preferably as little preparation time as possible.

Do you recognize that?

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew how to make CLIL work for your students, so they are motivated to learn more and engaged with both the content and the language?..

..without taking hours to prepare?

But the problem still is..

you don’t know where to start or the next step to take to improve your CLIL lesson

Sure you can read a few books and you might even find inspiration and ideas.

There actually are really good books on CLIL out there, but they do not help you to decide what to do next..

and do not provide you with ready-to-use activities you can implement immediately.

You still experience challenges when preparing your CLIL lessons

  • Figure out exactly what CLIL means for your students
  • Find the balance between teaching CLIL and teaching the curriculum from your country
  • Make time to prepare your lessons
  • Find authentic materials to create engaging activities with
  • Assume you are on the right track
  • Or simply start somewhere and hope for the best

It is still up to you to:

The result?

You feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things you have to do in a CLIL lesson


You are stressed out because you have no idea what to do next


You lack ideas for your next CLIL lessons so you keep doing the same thing over and over again (not really motivating your students along the way)

Things have not changed that much

You’d think things would have changed over the course of 15 years…

..but they have not.

Personally I have followed extensive CLIL courses, joined many CLIL workshops and even visited many CLIL colleagues’ lessons…

...and it took me years to find out how to make it work for me.

To be honest, I don’t know if I would want to go through that process again.

It simply took way too long.

And it takes time and energy away from the reason you decided to become a teacher:

To Enjoy Teaching

CLIL teachers still face struggles

I still see CLIL teachers worldwide struggle with

  • Adapting materials they think might work to their own lesson, only to find it does not work quite the way they thought it would  - Costs a lot of time!
  • Doing ‘something’ they think might be CLIL, not quite sure of what to do and if they are actually doing it correctly - Costs a lot of energy AND is bad for your confidence
  • Feeling unsure about how to include all of those fancy CLIL-related phrases like ‘Scaffolding’, ‘Thinking skills’ and ‘Language assessment’ to their lessons - Gives a lot of stress
  • Having trouble motivating and supporting language output of students - Demotivates a lot if it does not work

The result?

You feel as if you cannot do it the way ‘it is supposed to’ and decide to do it your own way, whether it works or not. 

You might even get demotivated after trying it a lot of times, without success.

What would it be like..

If you knew exactly what steps to take, and in what order, to learn about CLIL without overwhelm?

If you could discuss your challenges with fellow CLIL teachers who experience similar things and feel you are not alone?

If you would have a toolkit of ready-to-use activites for your lesson so you can start right now?

What you need..

What you need is a way to work with CLIL in your lesson that:

  • makes it clear to you what CLIL means for your lesson
  • can be easily applied to your specific situation
  • supports student motivation and engagement
  • provides a lot of ideas and activities you can use without preparation
  • takes away all of the stress related to ‘not knowing what to do next’
  • gives you confidence you can do it yourself

That is why I created ..

The CLIL Quality Roadmap

An easy to followstep-by-step plan to put all of the things related to CLIL in perspective.

To not just make everything a lot more clear, but also makes a lot more applicable to your situation.

So you can start working with CLIL immediately.

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Baby steps

When you follow these 9 steps you will see CLIL can make sense to you, no matter what your current level of expertise is.

Each step is small enough to make it easy to understand and apply, but together this plan makes for a comprehensive and complete approach to CLIL.

To make sure you no longer wonder ‘what to do next’ or feel insecure if you are ‘on the right track’.

With these steps you can focus on teaching CLIL in a way that makes teaching fun again with:

  • motivated students
  • a clear organisation of your lesson
  • confidence you are on the right track!

What do you get?

I think implementing the CLIL Quality Roadmap works best when working on it together with fellow CLIL teachers, learning from each other and immediately implementing the ideas.

During a 3 month period, you will have weekly group calls. A group consists of a maximum of 5 people to ensure everyone gets enough attention. Each week we will discuss a new step and talk about how to implement it to your situation.

1 - The step-by-step plan to prepare and implement engaging CLIL lessons

We start assuming you don’t know anything about CLIL and gradually build towards a better understanding, all the while preparing engaging activities for you to do in your lesson.

2 - Weekly group calls to go through the steps

Each week we will discuss a step, so you don’t have to do it alone but can immediately ask questions and receive my help with the implementation.

3 - Learn from fellow CLIL teachers

In small groups of 2-5 people, we will discuss all of the steps and share experiences. This is not just a great learning experience, but also motivates a lot because you learn from each other as well.

4 - Online support

You will gain lifetime access to the detailed instruction videos related to the CLIL Quality Roadmap as well as the recordings of the sessions.

You also gain access to the private Facebook Group, so we can share and discuss things there.

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The topics covered in the CLIL Quality Roadmap

Step 1: What is CLIL?

  • Definition of CLIL + "What do the books say?"
  • Common misconceptions and other types of language learning
  • Soft and hard CLIL
  • The differences between CLIL and non-CLIL lessons

Step 2: Language Skills & CLIL

  • Language as a tool, not a goal
  • The four language skills in your lesson
  • Language support and differentiation with language levels

Step 3: Scaffolding & Bloom

  • How scaffolding can help your students learn
  • The different types of scaffolding for your lesson
  • LOTS & HOTS (and how to use them)
  • Applying the thinking skills with ease in your lesson

Step 4: Activity Check

  • Effective tasks
  • Making sure all students are engaged
  • Differentiating within an activity

Step 5: Lesson stages

  • How to apply CLIL to the four lesson stages
  • Setting up other lesson stages
  • Making sure CLIL plays a role througout your lesson

Step 6: Feedback & Assessment

  • The role of language in assessment
  • Different types of providing feedback in a classroom
  • How to make CLIL attitute a part of the assessment

Step 7: CLIL for your subject

  • We discuss the steps we went through up to this point and work on applying them to your specific subject.

Step 8: Planning

  • The step-by-step plan to prepare a CLIL lesson
  • Activities that require no or very little preparation time
  • How to setup a series of CLIL lesson & involve the national curriculum

Step 9: Quality collaboration

  • Setting up cross curriculum projects
  • Effective observations
  • Learning from each other

The start date

We will start in 2021 again. Sign up below to receive an update when you can start applying

What does it cost?

The CLIL Quality Roadmap is basically everything you need to start working with CLIL.

This means you no longer need to read a lot of CLIL books, and still figure things out on your own.

Or visit workshops and inspiration sessions to find a great idea for a single moment in your lesson, which you still have to adapt to your situation.

Even joining a conference is not needed anymore, as you will meet fellow CLIL teachers during the various group calls and in the FB group.

In other words, the CLIL Quality Roadmap is going to save you  time, energy and frustration.

Cost of the CLIL Quality Roadmap:


Well below professional development budgets

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I offer a 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee.

If you have any doubts, please contact me to see if this is a good fit for you. 

There is no reason to be struggling if I can help you, but that obviously does mean that the course should fit your needs :).

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Frequently asked questions

An online course? I’d rather have live training

I completely agree! In my experience, Do-It-Yourself online training modules barely ever succeed at teaching you something new. 

We are all busy, so taking the time to sit down and do an online training is not very high on our priority list.

That is why this online learning experience is not just ‘a course’, but the online courses functions as the support for the weekly coaching sessions. 

In other words, working together in a group with fellow CLIL teachers, you will not just find the motivation to keep going towards a common goal, but also inspiration and ideas.

On a level a ‘normal e-course’ just simply cannot offer.

I can’t  decide right now, I have to discuss it with my superiors

That is fine, take your time. We start in two weeks time, so if you want to discuss it first that is okay. Be sure to reserve your spot though, otherwise there might be no place for you in the group anymore.


Will this product work for me? I work in primary/tertiary education

CLIL can be applied to many different types of education. As such, many of the things I discuss in this course are applicable to all of the different levels of education.

My personal experience is more related to secondary education, so the examples I use will be from that area of expertise. 

But we can definitely change things to fit your situation!

Will it work in my time zone?

When the applications are in, we will together decide on the best date and time to plan the coaching sessions, to accommodate the needs and wishes of the participants. 

I will do my absolute best to make sure everyone can join the live coaching sessions, as they are key to this learning experience.

I am already experienced with CLIL. Will I learn something new?

Yes. Although we start with the basics, this is just to make sure we are all on the same page. And because the sessions are interactive, you will experience the activities yourself. 

In other words: even experienced CLIL teachers will find this experience to be new and exciting.

Also, once we get to the second and third layer of the CLIL Quality Roadmap, you will quickly learn new things about more advanced topics related to CLIL.

When does it start?

The group sessions will start in about two weeks time, after we have planned what day and time we will get together

When will the coaching calls take place?

We will decide on the best day and time with the members of the group.

I might not be in the same time zone, is that a problem?

Because the group sessions are an important part of this course, we aim to find a day and time that works for everyone. This could also mean we split up groups or decide on different days and times during the course.

Is there a limit to the amount of people who can join?

As one group consists of a maximum of 5 people, the amount of people who can join this course determines the amount of groups. We can start when one group is full, but multiple groups are possible.

My question is not mentioned, can I ask it?

Sure! Just sent me an email at with any question you might have.

What other say about working with Patrick



"Patrick is a born presenter and teacher. He is always open to various questions and ready to support every student.

I strongly advise to take this course to everybody who interested in CLIL and wants to be engaged in activities connected with CLIL implementation."


The Netherlands

"Because of Patrick's help, I became much more confident in teaching CLIL and apply it more often than I used to (I even share CLIL ideas with my colleagues now)

About Patrick de Boer

Patrick de Boer is a CLIL coach, teacher trainer and former editor-in-chief of CLIL Magazine. With almost 15 years of experience teaching CLIL mathematics in secondary education and coaching fellow teachers, he shares his ideas on regular basis on his blog and trains CLIL teachers worldwide with both online and offline courses and workshops.

The CLIL Quality Roadmap is his next step in helping CLIL teachers worldwide finally stop struggling with the many challenges CLIL teachers face. It is Patrick's mission to help teachers worldwide stop reinventing the wheel and start enjoying CLIL teaching. 

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