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Putting CLIL into Practice

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Putting CLIL into Practice

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This book offers a new methodological framework for the CLIL classroom, focusing on how to guide input and support output.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-442105-8

Putting CLIL into Practice offers a new methodological framework for the CLIL classroom, focusing on how to guide input and support output.

Full of real-life examples and practical guidelines, the book provides support to both novice and experienced CLIL teachers.

Key features

  • Real-life examples and practical guidelines help CLIL teachers to successfully put CLIL into practice in their own contexts
  • Provides support for both novice and experienced CLIL teachers
  • Areas covered include: the language used in CLIL, CLIL teacher training, materials design, and assessment in CLIL
  • Extra resources are available on the website


Putting CLIL into Practice offers a new methodological framework for the CLIL classroom, focusing on how to guide input and support output.

  1. What is CLIL?
  2. Defining parameters
  3. The content - language relationship
  4. Principles and practice of language in CLIL
  5. Guiding input
  6. Supporting output
  7. Designing materials for CLIL
  8. Assessment in CLIL
  9. Managing CLIL in schools
  10. Training teachers for CLIL

Extra resources, including discussion questions and links to all of the resources described in the book, are available on the

This book is part of Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers, the highly regarded series covering the topics language teachers want to know more about. Recommended for reference, or for language teacher educators to use as a basis for teacher education courses and seminars.

Recommended for:
  • Practising language teachers
  • Language teacher educators
  • ELT and TESOL Masters and Diploma students

About the authors

Phil Ball is a CLIL author and teacher trainer based in northern Spain.
Keith Kelly is a writer and speaker on CLIL worldwide, and is based in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
John Clegg is a textbook author and CLIL consultant based in London.


  • "This volume contains a wide range of novel ideas [and a] rich myriad of criteria, guidelines, and sample materials... While the chapters focus on CLIL practice, the book as a whole should be recognised for its theoretical contributions and recommendations. In relation to practice, there are two outstanding features which are worth mentioning. First, the authors succeed in illustrating every point made through real-life examples of teaching and learning situations as well as activities and materials which have been tried out in specific contexts... Second, their treatment of assessment is exemplar for it offers different courses of action based on the possible scenarios we can find in real institutions and educational systems... The CLIL pedagogy outlined in the volume shows how doable it can be through careful planning, reflection, and collaboration. This book succeeds its aim of offering a classroom-based vision of CLIL through a reader-friendly narrative."
  • International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
  • "Immensely informative... many issues are clearly explained"
    EL Gazette
  • "Where does anyone start when writing about CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) - and how can they make it equally relevant to teachers tasked with teaching the functioning of the human respiratory system and those attempting to explain the Wars of the Roses to subtends of English history?... This book attempts to take into account some of this variety as it examines the nature of CLIL, the skills and techniques which this form of education demands, and some of the criteria required to ensure its success... [It is] richly illustrated with tasks from a large number of CLIL areas... Each chapter ends with a useful summary and recommendations for further reading [and] a glossary (particularly helpful in a field riddled with acronymns)..."
    English Teaching Professional
  • "This volume is rich in content and concepts. It offers a wealth of concrete example of authentic materials to illustrate unambiguously the concepts fundamental to CLIL... The authors make a strong case that CLIL methodology is simply good pedagogy for all subject-matter teaching in both L1 and L2. Putting CLIL into Practice should definitely be required reading for all eachers."
    IATEFL Voices
  • "With this volume, readers are offered a fresh approach to thinking about what CLIL is and how to teach it... the excellent training and support covered in this book make it a must-have volume for anyone serious about CLIL."
    JALT Journal

Teacher's Website

Online resources for Putting CLIL into Practice which you can download and use in self-study or teacher-training groups:
  • A sample extract from Chapter Two
  • Weblinks to related content on other websites
  • Discussion Questions
  • A personal note from the authors

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