Writing CLIL materials

Some time ago, I was a teacher. I have already taught YL (very YL!), teens and adults, though I can say that YL have a special place in my heart. While working as a teacher, I would always try to bring personalized materials to cater for my students’ needs and likes. And this is how I started developing materials: one worksheet about a famous TV series here, a memory game including students’ favorite animals there… three years later, and I left the classroom to become a full-time materials writer.

In my daily routine, I write lesson plans, worksheets, teacher’s books, student’s books, social media posts, blog posts, etc., but the one thing I enjoy writing the most is content for CLIL lessons. Have you ever heard of CLIL? It’s an approach to teaching that integrates content and language learning. Students learn the language while learning the content, and vice-versa. There are variations of CLIL and different ways to implement it in a school, but the thing is, CLIL materials undoubtedly will include school subjects such as Geography, Science and History, for starters.

Material developers are not always specialists in all the areas they write about, so here it comes the most interesting thing about developing CLIL materials: research and analysis. We need to find ways to teach language items while talking about the water cycle, the types of soil or the life cycle of human beings. Suddenly, you remember lots of things you studied when you were a kid