The CLIL4U Blended Learning Course designed by ETI Malta is going from strength to strength, and is …. in full swing! It is being delivered simultaneously in Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Switzerland and Denmark, besides Malta.
At the moment, ETI Malta is running an 8 CPD week course (CPD = Continuing Development Course) for local teachers in Malta. Participants come from all sectors of education, including mainstream State Schools, Church Schools, and mainstream Private Schools.
The 40 hour CPD course has been approved as a CPD course by the ELT Council, who validate courses for EFL Teacher Development in Malta. These CPD hours are necessary to renew EFL Teachers’ warrants and licences.
So what’s actually happening at the moment?
The participants met for an initial Face-2-Face course to get to know each other. Another aspect dealt with on the F2F meeting was the technology aspect of the course – how to find the site, how to sign in, how to upload a profile, what to do to follow the main course, how to comment in a chat room, etc. In other words …. how to participate on the course.
Now in its 4th week, the specially designed ETI-constructed VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) – the CLIL4U Blended Learning Platform – is a hotbed of online activity, as teachers on the CLIL4U course discuss, respond and participate on the course.
After reading through all the modules and selecting the topic for a CLIL lesson, Ts will need to submit a CLIL Lesson assignment, and then deliver it as a lesson.
More about the assignments at a later date…….
Meanwhile the participants are very enthusiastic about this new approach, which opens up new concepts in order to provide a holistic approach to teaching in the 21st Century.
Sandra Attard Montaldo, is ETI’s ,Director of Academic Development & Training. Sandra also leads the ETI team on two EU Projects ETI is currently involved on, METHODS, and CLIL4U.