CLIL and other non-EFL pages

1. CLIL

For those of you working in CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning, that is, teaching another subject in English), you will find a number of materials at

  • http://www.onestopclil.com/ It is a subscription site for English Language and subject teachers using English as the medium of instruction. The aim is simple: to provide teachers with the resources and the support to help create inspirational CLIL lessons. The content-based resources – worksheets, animations, audio, and IWB material – all include comprehensive language support.

Many American sites offer lesson plans and activities for the different areas of the curriculum.

  • One of such, with excellent materials, is Discovery School, under Lesson plan library or Fun tools: Curriculum center, Worksheets to go, Learning Adventures.They are not intended for ESL learners, so they may require a litle bit more adaptation.
  • Another excellent site is Brainpop with animated materials and review quizzes for science, English, maths, arts & music or technology. Some materials are only available to paid subscribers, but you can sign up for a free trial. Many of the films are also free.

2. Non EFL sites

Practically any website can be adapted to our teaching needs. In this section we will give you some exploitation ideas for different sites, all of them with a common thread: descriptions. Any of them may surely be fun and motivating for your students, simply because they're different from what they're used to, and easy to create for the teacher.

  • Build your wild self lets you play while you create a half person, half animal character. There's lots of vocabulary involved, both for parts of the body and for animals. Once the character has been created, you can print it and describe it. Sample worksheet
  • MyScene is very girlish-looking, but also interesting to practise describing people and outfits.
  • HeroMachine is similar to the previous one, but more boy-oriented.
  • FBI's Most Wanted Criminals. This site lets you make descriptions and also compare and speak at a higher level. Sample worksheet
  • Voki is a web 2.0 tool to create talking avatars. You choose a character style, change the look and the clothing, add a background, and then either type a description or record your own. To publish it, you may get the embed code and put it in a blog, or link it in a web page. There are many educational applications for it: students write their own description (see some examples here:My other me), or teachers give instructions, a dictation… whatever you can imagine.
  • Glogster is another web 2.0 tool to create online multimedia posters. Teachers can use it to present an explanation or set a task (as we saw in practice 1) or students use it to present a research project, a description… again, whatever you can imagine. See some examples here: Green Day, El canto del loco. Here also you get a direct link or the embed code to insert it in a blog.