Preparing and implementing an engaging CLIL lesson

September 28th - October 2nd 2020

The online CLIL summit is all about helping you make sure you can teach amazing CLIL lessons with engaging activities.

That is why over 10 experts, ranging from authors, researchers and teachers, share their ideas with the sole aim to help you out!

Maybe you're..

Lacking ideas for everyday CLIL lessons

Feeling overwhelmed and don't know where to start

Stressed out because planning a CLIL lessons takes so much time.

Whatever your current challenge is, it's time to make a plan for your CLIL lessons in the most effective way.

The event is completely online so you can enjoy the summit from your own house!

Wondering how to apply CLIL effectively to your lesson?

You don't know where to start or how to know what to improve your CLIL lessons.

You want to...

Have plenty of CLIL activities to make sure students are actively engaged during your lesson

Prepare your CLIL lessons in less time so you have time for actual teaching instead of the paperwork

Know if you are on the right track so you don't have to doubt yourself or your ideas anymore

You can prepare high-quality CLIL lessons in a short amount of time!

The Speakers

Meet the experts

The CLIL Online Summit features presentations, interviews, Q&A's and even a live panel on all kinds of topics related to CLIL from experts all over the world!

More information about the speakers can be found on the speaker page

Phil Ball

A CLIL lessson in three moves / Panellist

Keith Kelly

Curriculum skills for Soft and Hard CLIL

Rosie Tanner

Encouraging student contributions in CLIL lessons

Aleksandra Zaparucha

CLIL Wheel for subject and language teachers / Panellist

Linton Roe

Are you driving a Model T Ford? / Panellist

Kylie Farmer

CLIL: Harder to plan, easy to teach! / Panellist

Letitzia Cinganotto & Daniela Cuccurullo

CLIL & Learning technologies: Techno-CLIL

Jill Surmont

Isn't CLIL just good education?

Mary Spratt & Helen Baker

Four ways of making CLIL lessons more engaging

Want to learn from the best? Sign up for free and meet all of these experts during this live online event!






How does it work?

After you have registered, you will receive an email to confirm your registration.

When you did that, you are in!

Every morning (of the summit), you will receive a mail with the details of the sessions of that day. 

Links to these sessions will be in the mail as well.

At the end of each day, you will receive a recap with a link to the recordings of the sessions of that day. 

They will be available for 48 hours.

The software we will be using during this summit is Zoom.

This software works on all computers and devices and allows for a wide variety of options, like live chats to discuss things with the experts who are present live.

The schedule

Below you can find all of the sessions of this online summit.

All times are in CEST.

Monday September 28


3 pm

What is CLIL?

By Patrick de Boer

During this first webinar of the summit Patrick will share his ideas on what CLIL is, based on both his personal experiences as a teacher and a workshop leader as well as the literature and expert interviews.

Patrick will also share how the rest of the summit will be organised this week.

During this session you will learn what CLIL is and how the summit is organized.


4 pm

Four ways of making CLIL lessons more engaging

By Mary Spratt & Helen Baker

We will base our talk on a CLIL lesson and highlight the four ways in which it tries to make the lesson more engaging. We will talk briefly about each of these four ways, aiming to show how they can be used in any and all CLIL lessons.

During this session you will learn four easy-to-apply techniques for engaging learners.

Tuesday September 29


3 pm

Panel discussion

By Kylie Farmer, Linton Roe, Aleksandra Zaparucha, Jill Surmont and Phil Ball

During this panel discussion you can ask any of the available CLIL experts things you wanted to know about CLIL. The differences between CLIL in different parts of the world will be discussed as well.

During this session you will learn the differences between CLIL in different parts of the world and the answers to questions you can ask yourself during the panel discussion.


8 pm

CLIL Wheel for subject and language teachers

By Aleksandra Zaparucha

The traditional approach to CLIL, proposed by Coyle, Hood and Marsh (2010), revolves around the 4Cs: Content, Communication, Cognition and Culture. However, a more recent proposal put forward by Ball, Clegg and Kelly (2015), refers to the 10 CLIL Parameters. In my talk, I would like to offer a merger of those two approaches in the form of the CLIL Wheel. It combines three of the four CLIL ‘Cs’ - Content, Communication and Cognition with the appropriate parameters, leaving the fourth ‘C’ for Culture as the outside ring of the CLIL Wheel. In this way, the CLIL Wheel offers practical guidance to all those who have already started experimenting with CLIL and those who are thinking about it, whether Primary or Secondary, whether a language or subject specialist, especially as I will be using examples from various content areas.

During this session you will learn the practicalities of using the CLIL Wheel as a support and checklist for CLIL lesson planning

Wednesday September 30


10 am

CLIL: Hard to plan, easy to teach!

By Kylie Farmer

Planning for effective and engaging CLIL lessons requires careful planning. The effort invested in planning is rewarded by the enthusiastic response from learners as they engage in powerful learning.

During this session you will learn gain insights to quality CLIL classroom practices including links to clips from a STEM program taught through Korean and a Maths class taught in German. Identify the careful planning which underpins this practice and the planning template used.


4 pm

Isn't CLIL just good education?

By Jill Surmont

During this interview Jill Surmont shares why interactive teaching is important to CLIL, why CLIL is actually not that different from regular teaching and how CLIL cannot be an island in the curriculum and how cooperation between the CLIL teacher and language teachers play an essential part in effective CLIL teaching

During this session you will learn how to look at CLIL from a broader educational perspective


8 pm

CLIL & Learning Technologies: Techno-CLIL

By Letizia Cinganotto & Daniela Cuccurullo

During the webinar the speakers will present the Techno-CLIL format, which includes the use of learning technologies for CLIL. Examples of tools, repositories and websites for CLIL will be presented and described, providing useful suggestions for face-to-face, blended or remote CLIL activities.

During this session you will learn practical inputs for CLIL with ICT.

Thursday October 1


10 am

Are you driving a model T Ford?

By Linton Roe

Research tells us that the more often we practise something, the quicker and more effectively we learn it. Many schools have successfully implemented regular practice as part of their Maths, Music, Sport, Humanities and other programs, yet often their Languages programs still run on a much older model. This session seeks to look at past and current models of Languages education in light of our recent lock-down experiences and explore some options that are now available to help students practise more often. Do we really still need to be driving a Model T Ford? Come along to discuss some ideas which may work for your program.

During this session you will learn that fixed mindsets and practices around timetables and curriculum planning are not always best for learners. Flexible, differentiated, student-centred tasks can be chosen by students at their point of need, can enhance both content and language learning.


4 pm

A CLIL lesson in three moves

By Phil Ball

CLIL teachers sometimes seem to be worried that they are not 'integrating', in the sense that they are unsure as to how to balance the content-language emphasis during a standard CLIL class. It's much easier to resolve this if you see the lesson (or sequence) as having three distinct phases, each of which contains different types (and levels) of language.

During this session you will learn that the appropriate language focus in a CLIL lesson is a result of being aware of three natural stages


8 pm

Encouraging student contributions in CLIL lessons

By Rosie Tanner

How can you get all your students participating, engaged and contributing (online) in your CLIL lessons? My webinar will answer this question - as well as engaging you, as a participant!

During this session you will learn ideas about engaging students in CLIL lessons.

Friday October 2


8 pm

Curriculum skills for Soft and Hard CLIL

By Keith Kelly

Curriculum skills offer a bridge between the language and content curriculum areas. Language teachers can develop language through activities which focus on the same skill sets the learners meet in non-linguistic subject classroom without the need to cover the same depth of content. Content subject teachers can develop communication with this focus and through curriculum skills, both groups can make tangible and visible the general academic language of the curriculum frequently taken for granted or overlooked.

During this session you will learn about translating curriculum descriptors into language and activity appropriate for all curriculum areas.


9 pm

Preparing a CLIL lesson in 15 minutes

By Patrick de Boer

Lots of teachers spend (almost) the same amount on planning their CLIL lessons compared to actually teaching it. This does not have to be the case. With a step-by-step aproach to planning a CLIL lesson this can be done in a short amount of time. Especially with the activities and resources mentioned in this training.

During this session you will learn how preparing a CLIL lesson does not have to take longer than actually teaching it.

About Patrick de Boer

Patrick de Boer is a CLIL coach, teacher trainer and former editor-in-chief of CLIL Magazine. With almost 15 yeras 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.

Organizing this online CLIL Summit is just one of the ways he wants to help CLIL teachers worldwide to connect and learn from each other, because he feels many teachers are still reinventing the wheel too often, spending too much time on things others have already figured out. In other words: he would like to help CLIL teachers to give better lessons while preparing them in less time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Just in case I forgot something

How long will the sessions be available?

The sessions will be recorded and be available for 48 hours. But it is obviously a lot more fun to be part of the summit live!

Am I going to learn something practical or do I need to buy something?

No need to buy anything! The resources and ideas shared during this summit will be applicable to your lesson without any additional costs. And yes: the aim of the summit is to be as practical as possible.

When is the Online CLIL Summit?

The summit will be organized from September 28th to October 2nd. 


What times are the sessions?

Most of the sessions are planned during times teachers in Western Europe are most likely to be available. However, because of the international context, some sessions might be planned during the morning. You can watch the entire programme here.


How does it work?

After you have registered, you will receive a confirmation mail to make sure you indeed want to sign up. This mail will also contain additional information.

During each day of the summit you will receive an overview of 'what to expect' in the morning and an overview of 'what we have learned today' in the evening.

All sessions will make use of Zoom software. This software is free to use and allows for interaction and hassle-free communication.


For who might this be interesting?

CLIL teachers around the world! Both primary and secondary teachers will find interesting topics to explore and will gain valuable insights for their CLIL lessons. 


What can you do to improve your CLIL lesson (even more)?

Various things come to mind: reading books, observing teachers, receiving coaching.

But all of those things take time. 

During this online CLIL summit, you will not just learn practical ideas and receive inspiration to improve your CLIL lessons.. will actually learn this from the experts themselves.

So, what are you waiting for?

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