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A programme for teachers teaching their subject in a foreign language

What is CLIL?

Since September 2014, secondary schools in Flanders can offer the choice of studying school subjects through the medium of a foreign language.  In this way pupils can, for instance, take Biology classes in German, Economics in English, or PE in French.  CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) is an educational approach in which French, English or German are used as the language of instruction for another non-language subject. In Wallonia this approach, known by the name of ‘immersion’, has already been used for years.

In order to start out as a CLIL teacher one should meet a number of requirements.  First of all, one needs to have the legal qualifications to teach the subject.  On top of that, one should have a proven knowledge of CLIL methodology and be proficient in the language of instruction.  In Belgium these languages are limited to English, French, German or Dutch (for those who wish to teach in Wallonia).

UC Leuven-Limburg is the first university college in Flanders to offer a full-fledged programme in CLIL by means of this post-graduate. An increasing number of schools are starting up a CLIL stream and are looking for suitable teachers.  Therefore, this certificate may prove to be an important asset for a future-oriented career!

Aims of the programme

Our post-graduate offers to aim a substantial and well-balanced programme for both individual teachers and teams who have recently started a CLIL programme or who are considering doing so in the near future. The programme’s scope is sufficiently broad to appeal to coordinators and school management, next to dedicated CLIL teachers.  

We aim to offer general insights as well as concrete concepts that can be used by the participants in their classroom practice. Next to practical workshops and didactics, theoretical courses and managerial aspects of CLIL will be covered as well.

How the programme is set up

The post-graduate programme consists of 5 courses, combining a total of 24 credits, which will help the student meet the two legal requirements needed to start out as a CLIL teacher : a solid knowledge of CLIL didactics and proficiency in the language of instruction (C1 level of the CEFR).

The programme contains the following courses with respective credits:

Consult the course catalog here.

CLIL – Concepts and Principles
Theoretical course with practical applications
3 SP
Organising CLIL
Theoretical course with practical applications
3 SP
Language : Code & Culture
Theoretical and practical course
3 SP

CLIL in the classroom: practical workshop
- CLIL didactics
- CLIL Linguistics

6 SP
- 4 SP
- 2 SP

Language *
Choice of English, French, German or Dutch as a foreign language
9 SP*

 

*The language course can be taken in a school or language centre of one’s own choice (or through self-study) or at the Centrum voor Levende Talen (CLT) in Leuven. Candidates who already have the required level of proficiency (C1 level) are exempt from this course.

One can also decide to enrol for individual sessions (in-service training) or for individual courses.

Practical information

The programme covers one academic year (October to June) but it can be spread over two or more years.  

Candidates who do not succeed in achieving the required language level by the end of the programme will not be awarded their certificate, as this can only be awarded after the language certificate has been obtained.

The courses will mainly be taught in English and French, with occasionally some Dutch as well.  A passive knowledge of these languages should suffice to be able to follow the courses.

The courses are planned on Wednesday evenings (6.00-9.00) and take place in our campus in Heverlee.

•           Campus Hertogstraat, Hertogstraat 178, 3001 Heverlee

Fees

The enrolment fee is 600 euros.  This fee does not include the cost of the language course.

Those who wish to enrol at the CLT in Leuven will pay an additional 180 euros for the language course.

Target audience

First and foremost, our programme is aimed at subject teachers and language teachers as well as and non-teaching school staff in secondary schools who have recently started a CLIL trajectory or who are considering doing so, and who experience a need for extra training in this field.  

The programme is aimed at CLIL teachers in Flanders and in the Netherlands, as well as at immersion teachers in Wallonia.

Teachers who are not active in a CLIL context, but who wish to discover new methodologies that provide a richer language environment in the classroom, can enrol for the entire programme or for specific courses.

Beginning teachers considering taking up an additional course fall within our target audience as well.  Those who are already qualified as language teachers can combine the post graduate programme (15 SP) with a reduced bachelor course that leads to an additional qualification in a non-language subject (45 SP).  In this way they can improve their employment opportunities in just under a year.

Information and enrolment

If you have any additional questions or if you wish to enrol for this post-graduate programme, please contact liesbeth.martens@ucll.be.

Download the leaflet