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Monday, 25 May 2009

CLIL Science Publication for Primary

Science Content for Primary

Levels 3 & 4 by Robert Quinn

> Activity Books for Social/Natural Science in English
> For the
LOE Conocimiento del Medio syllabus
> Designed for CLIL classes and bilingual programmes> Also ideal for CBT and cross-curricular project work.

- Activity Book: seven thematic modules per level
- Teacher's Guide: teaching notes, tests and projects
- Colour Posters: seven posters per level
- Teacher's Multi-ROM:
> Activity Book audio tracks
> Interactive posters for electronic whiteboards

Science Content series: Levels 1-6 now available
For more information: click here


Patrick Jackson said...

Just stumbled on your AMAZING blog. This will be so helpful to me. Thanks for the resource and all the best from Dublin. Hope we cross paths some day.

RQ said...

Thanks Patrick! Good luck with the classes!

Anonymous said...

Just wondering if you know the existence of any kind of Portfolio for CLIL. Could you please comment on this.

RQ said...

Hi Judith,

I haven't come across a portfolio developed especially for CLIL - it might be difficult to find one standard model, since the content can be so diverse, even at the same age or ability level.

The European Language Portfolio, based on the Common European Framework, would be appropriate for students to self-evaluate their general L2 skills, and the descriptors for each level can be subdivided and/or adapted to more specific contexts (e.g., "I can follow instructions" as a general skill descriptor could be refined as "I can follow instructions to do an experiment about ..."). This is something that the creators of the Framework and the Portfolio encourage, in order to customize both instruments for "in-house" use in specific classrooms or school settings.

Aside from the self-evaluation issue, and the option of creating custom-made CLIL-oriented descriptors, you can also apply the general portfolio approach by encouraging students to save examples of their best work and collect materials that relate to key topics covered.

Teachers can also plan activities and projects that require students to create a final "product" that they can then include in their portfolio, as a sample of the content they are studying, as well as an example of their current level in the L2.

For a very simple example, here's a link to the portfolio materials for an ELT coursebook - they've adapted the general descriptors for A1 to take into account the specific content that kids are working on in each unit of the book. Something similar can also be done for a more content-intensive CLIL class, with much more specific descriptors (or "Can do" self evaluation statements).


I hope that helps!

All the best,

Judith said...

Thank you very much for your help. I'm currently doing my masters in English Teaching and my project work for next year will be on raising intercultural awareness through story telling within a CLIL approach. But as you may know, here in Portugal CLIL is non-existent. I'd appreciate your help in the future. I'll start all my reading and research in August.
Judith (I work at Queen Elizabeth's School in Lisbon)

Hetty said...

Hello Robert,

I'd be very interested in your CLIL Primary Science books. Are they available in the Netherlands or the UK?

The Netherlands

RQ said...

Hi Hetty,

As far as I know, they're only on sale in Spain, but you might want to get in touch with Oxford in the Netherlands, to see if they can order copies for you.

All the best,