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Empowering CLIL with Project-Based Language Learning

Course Summary

When integrating content and second languages in your class you probably encounter several challenges to address, such as the lack of ability of your learners to communicate among them when working in groups, the learning and application of content-specific vocabulary, catering for different target language abilities and students´ low levels of motivation in your class.


CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) is a methodology for designing lessons that elements of second language teaching and learning with content. When teaching CLIL is very common to do projects, since they simulate real life experiences where you use the target language and the apply the content learnt into practice in a very organic way. One way to make these projects more rigorous and effective in CLIL contexts is to use Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL).


PBLL gives you many opportunities for authentic communication in the target language while working on the topic specific content (art, sciences, history, social sciences, etc…). It integrates content, language, and skills and promotes the integrative use of the four main communicative skills: writing, reading, listening and speaking skills. It can significantly improve the willingness to speak, the authenticity of experience, and language skills. PBLL provides a meaningful an authentic goal for students to work on content and skills for an extended period, which results in more engagement.


In this course you will explore practical ways in which you can create and implement PBLL units in your CLIL context. You will discover the similarities between CLIL and PBLL and how they can work together for an enhanced learning experience. You will learn about a PBLL framework, the steps to follow to design a PBLL unit, how to facilitate the learning of concrete vocabulary and content, how to scaffold teamwork and the production by students of learning deliverables. You will also have access to curated resources and selected examples to take home and continue learning.


By the end of the course, you will be able to design and facilitate PBLL units in your CLIL class with success, promoting deeper learning, 21st century skills and higher levels of student engagement.

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5 days Price:  400 Euros
(25 hours)
6 days Price: 480 Euros
(30 hours)

*Late fee: 60 extra euros will be charged if paid less than 8 weeks before the course.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Design manageable project-based learning within the context of a CLIL approach

  • Be efficient and confident when teaching an academic subject through a foreign language

  • Foster your students' 21st century skills

  • Involve students in collaborative activities appropriate to their foreign language and academic level

  • Scaffold projects effectively to promote learning at different paces and levels

  • Help students learn authentically content, skills and a second language together to make a difference in students’ personal and professional life.


Day 1. From CLIL to PBLL

-Presentations; Course Introductions
-Team building activities
You will explore the similarities between the two models and will find synergies between them, using the most of each to design effective and engaging classes.

Day 2 Designing PBLL superpowers

Imagine having a clear structure and steps to design effective projects for your CLIL class. You will learn how to design PBLL units and will look at curated examples to get inspiration.

Day 3. Keeping it alive! Assessment, feedback and reflection 

Monitor and support student learning effectively throughout all your project. Discover the different types of student-centered assessment, feedback and reflection strategies that work when you facilitate projects that include second languages and content.
-Teacher personal project

Day 4. Teamwork: a guide for dummies to make it work

Manage your teams, their inquiry process, and product creation like a pro project manager, face to face or virtually.
-Teacher personal project

Day 5. Technology to the rescue!

Dive into the opportunities given by free apps and e-pedagogy to minimize your classroom management issues and exponentially multiply your student´s ability to be not only consumers but also produces of content in the target language you teach.
-Participants’ presentations on their personal projects and peer feedback
-Final Reflection.

Day 6: Cultural experience (Optional added day)

-Day trip to discover tourist sites 

-Exchange of personal and cultural experiences

Your Trainer


Dr. Carolina Castro

Carolina is an experienced educator with 21 years of teaching career in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education in Europe, USA and Australia. She is a PBLL practitioner and researcher, as she has implemented projects in class for more than 8 years and her PhD thesis was on improving students' motivation using PBLL combined with digital technologies.


For the last 5 years, she has trained teachers from Europe, Asia and Australia, and she has collaborated with educational foundations and whole schools around the world. Carolina has a B.A. in English Language and Literature, an M.A. in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Education. Some of her topics of expertise are Project-Based Learning, Project-Based Language Learning, Social and Emotional Learning, Digital tools for education, CLIL, Life skills, Pedagogy and E-Pedagogy among others.


She has presented in academic conferences, professional events for teachers and doctoral seminars around the world, online and face to face. When Carolina's PhD thesis was published, it was one of the few examples in the world of a foreign languages' practitioner using PBLL together with digital technologies sharing her experience. 

Essential Info

Duration: 25 hours for the face-to-face option and if you book 6 days the total would be 30 hours.

Certificate: A completion certificate will be provided when participants attend a minimum of 80% of the course.

Language: The course will be facilitated in English. Participants need to have a minimum of a B1 to attend.

Activities: Cultural activities will be included for participants in each course.

Schedule: Sessions can take place in the morning (9h to 14h) or the afternoon (15h to 20h). The day-by-day timetable posted here is tentative, your trainer will send it to you one week before the course begins and she may change it depending on the group needs accordingly.

Extra day add-On: All courses can have an optional extra 6th day that will be dedicated to cultural exchanges in an organised day trip excursion.

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