Useful links, resources and networks



Before you go on and look through the links, please take a little time to look at this cause:  

Sue Rees' campaign page for raising money for ME Research UK. The research group receives no government funding for its work.

ME Research UK

Sections on this page:
- Country sites
- Project sites related to CLIL and literacy
- Global sites on education
- Subject sites useful for CLIL te
  - Science sites
  - Maths Sites
  - Geography Sites
- Dictionary sites 
- Papers on CLIL and CLIL-related issues
- Networks
- Regional websites
- Other non-CLIL sites which may be useful
School sites:  

Anglia School is a language school specialising in immersive education for young chldren based in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Country sites:  

The website for the Basque multilingual curriculum project.  The site has free access to six years of English-medium curriculum materials from primary through secondary.  This site gets a FACTWorld smiley!

►The website for the Austrian network of vocational schools.

 This is a quiet but very significant organization with a large conference  dedicated to ESP, Bilingual Education and CLIL. The organization has had a CLIL section since 2007. Andreas Baernthaler is the CLIL coordinator.

The Website describes a CLIL Project originating from Lombardia, Northern Italy gives outline for teacher training module for CLIL:

This site describes initiatives to develop UK CLIL initiatives in the primary and secondary sectors:

►There are many German perspectives on CLIL and the links I have had on this site seem to be short-lived, so I'm posting a link to a bilingual forum where you can find information 'from the horses mouth', so to speak.

►Very practical advice from a teacher at the Frankfurt International School on how to work with students learning the curriculum through the English language.

Dutch site for international education


►IES Sanchez Lastra School Site, Spain
I met a colleague from this school who presented about their innovative and collaborative cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning. A lot of their resources are available here.

Dutch site for network of bilingual schools


Project sites related to CLIL and literacy back to top
ELIAS - Early language and intercultural acquisition studies

This site presents the investigations and work (resources) based on early language education in Europe. There are very nice materials pages on the site.

NALDIC - The (UK) National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum

Look at the events page (

Look at the links page ( there are links to language service providers around the UK and some of them have catalogues of resources for sale (e.g., Hounslow have some very good resources like the Bilingual Learners and Secondary History which is available through their catalogue

I came across this site a long time ago, but this mail brought it back to my attention and if you go to the resources section you will find an extensive bibliography for bilingual education, as well as many links to related organizations and websites.

As you may know over the past few years NALDIC has been producing an extensive online resource for initial teacher educators about EAL at

This subject resource network has proved very popular with tutors, students and existing teachers and is freely accessible to anyone interested in this field.

We are coming to the end of the TDA funded phase of this work and would like to add a number of additional resources to the section entitled EAL learning in National Curriculum Subjects

If you have experience of teaching EAL learners in the primary phase in Citizenship, Art, Music and PE and would be prepared to take part in a telephone interview we would like to hear from you. Colleagues would be interviewed by our researcher who will be producing guidance for ITE tutors in these four subject areas. Your participation would be credited on the site and you would have a chance to pass on your experience to new teachers.

If you would like to take part, please email me at (not the whole list). Our researcher will then make contact with you by email to set up a suitable time for a telephone interview

We look forward to hearing from you
Nicola Davies
On behalf of NALDIC

BLEN is the Bilingualism and languages/literacies education network

The Languages Company Organization set up to support the delivery of the UK National Languages Strategy. They have a statement referring to CLIL on their website.

The Collaborative Learning Project

'We develop and disseminate accessible talk-for-learning activities in all subject areas and for all ages.'

Project resources:

Goldsmiths University Multilingual Learning website
Global sites on education   back to top

Trends in International Maths and Science Survey (TIMMS)

I've been following this survey for the last decade to see how the countries I work are doing in education compared to others. It's a useful snap shot site to go to to find out how your country is doing in not just Maths and Science, but other subjects.

You can even get your students to compare themselves with the survey results for the US and rest of the world in some subjects by going to the Dara to Compare link.

Jim Cummins website, can't believe I haven't put this on here before. Speaks for itself.

UNESCO periodically produce reports on the state of education around the world. Thought-provoking reading.


Link to YouTube clips of Dr Ofelia Garcia on translanguaging

NALDIC is releasing an edited version of Prof Ofelia Garcia of City University New York's talk given at the recent NALDIC conference on YouTube.

Entitled 'Reimagining bilingualism in education for the 21st century' she introduces the notion of 'translanguaging', which offers a radical re-conceptualisation of bilingualism with major implications for classroom practice.

There will be five parts in all and they will be released on a (roughly) weekly basis.

The first part is now available:


I came across this site while looking for a complete copy of the Bullock report which I found here. It's a treasure chest of documents on education in the UK.

A Language for Life, The Bullock Report (1975)

►The Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition. I came across this site when looking for an article on language and learning and it was available here. Feels like I should keep my eye on organizations working on thinking and learning like this one.

►Interactives is part of Annenberg Media ( - Teacher professional development and teacher resources across the curriculum. I came to look at the interactive animations, but there is much more that that to this huge resource.

You might also be interested in the archives of teacher learning modules with video resources on teaching different subjects.

The example I looked briefly was to do with Chemical Reactions, is not CLIL specifically, but highly usable:

Subject sites useful for CLIL teachers back to top
STEM is a resource centre for teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
I went here to look at the SMILE Maths Cards which in themselves are an outstanding resource.
Science sites back to top

Science in Schools. Project hub for schools interested in science projects and is in multiple languages.

Getting Practical. Site aimed at improving practical work in school science. I found it because it had a sample to a book called 'Language of Measurement' which is on sale at the Association for Science Education Booksales section of the association website

Science Across the World is a number of things.  It's a community of schools and potential partners (over 8000 of them at last count).  It's a bank of 20 topic resources in general Science areas such as Health, Diet, Environment.  It's a place to find exchange project resources and partners working in multiple languages.  Many of the topics have language teaching notes.  It's the bees knees and a good place to start if you're new to integrating content and language and would like ready-made materials to work with. 

This site gets a FACTWorld smiley!

►The British Biotechnology and Biological research council has great resources free in the ‘downloads’ section.  Gene Kelly was born here in the section on Genetics for kids.

The Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council.  Go to ‘public and schools’ and ‘free publications’ for wonderful wall posters on Space with teachers’ notes.

►The Association for Science Education in the UK has some wonderful resources on it.  Go to for 6 Science Year CDs with links to thousands of pages of materials, software, drama, video and more and also go to the UPD8 link for science lessons based on the latest news stories.  This site gets a FACTWorld smiley!

Page of resources based on a seminar in Kassel focused on science and ethical questions.  There is a good collection of links to video clips of representatives from all sides giving their opinion on ethical issues / religion / science.

Link to the home page of "Science and Religion in Schools"

Illumination educational software for Science was pointed by Egbert in Kassel, thanks Egbert!

I've just been informed that illuminated-ed are looking to set up a network of international debates on ethical issues in science. Get in touch with them if you are interested!

This is a google site of resources from Ana in Spain. Thanks Ana!
Click 'open' to access the archive.
Chemical and Engineering News
The Royal Society of Chemistry

I went here looking for information about numbers of students learning chemistry.
Here it is:
Maths Sites back to top
►NLVM - The National Library for Virtual Mathematics. Nice applets for visualising concepts in Maths.

►WisWeb - The Freudenthal Institute website has many applets suitable for use in a range of maths topics.

►+Plus magazine ... living mathematics

I like this site as it's all about Maths in everyday life, which is always going to be useful when working with young people, i.e., getting them to relate their Maths to the world around them.

►Emaths - I came across this site from a discussion about subject-specific word lists. English-Arabic maths vocabulary, for example.

►nrich - specialists in rich mathematics

The curriculum maps are very useful on this site, matching maths areas with thinking and processes. It's a relatively small step to add language onto maps like these.

If you teach Maths through English as a foreign language and think these maps are useful for you but need some language indicators and feel like giving it a go and need some help, I'd be happy to lend a hand (

►motivate - video conferences for schools

What a wonderful idea! I've come across video conferencing for Science Across the World with Flashmeeting but haven't come across a system for schools which offers curriculum focused video conferencing - here Maths. There are sessions which links Maths with the rest of the curriculum including a couple on Maths and languages.
►I found this link to the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics from the emaths website and am putting a link here simply because it makes sense to have it advertised here.  This is the national network for teachers of Maths in the UK, lots of information about events, and there is also a discussion forum.  Some discussion on EAL students.
Resources turn up like this one which is a recipe book for teaching maths through a topic-based approach which is also a great way to develop language in the subject.

I came across this sites in a bilingual education e-list.  It's a general site for Maths education but there are a number of sections aimed at EAL maths teachers and many of the resources will be of interest to foreign language maths teachers.  The worksheets page is full of materials for example (  The interactive scheme of work looks interesting too with lists of I can do statements for each of the levels in the UK Maths curriculum (

Maths Site from Christophe Derambure in France

There are a number of items including a collection of sample courses in Maths and a collection of YouTube videos on Maths topics, plus some tasks to accompany the clips.

Live Maths UK

Paid website, with numerous free samples of animation and audio recordings of Maths tuition.

►Paper Models of Polyhedra

I came across this site by chance, but had to stick the link here as what it provides (shapes and shapes and shapes) is a great free resource.

Science and Maths Sites

►TISME (The Targeted Initiative on Science and Mathematics Education)

TISME aims to find new ways to encourage children and young people to greater participation, engagement, achievement and understanding of Science and Mathematics.

Interesting looking initiative I came across in February 2011. Can't see any focus on the language of these subjects but one of the research projects does highlight concept development as a focus for research, possibly promising.


Geography Sites back to top

►Came across this while searching for data about young people and health. Didn't find what I wanted here, but I know this site will come in handy for other statistics.

►Just about the clearing house for Geography topics, resources and ideas.  The place to go for Geography related stuff of all kinds.

►Tool for promoting geography called Geocube and is available free. Geocube is based on the Rubic cube, i.e. on its 6 sides it has 9 topics each.

►This site isn't just Geography, but it's based on maps so I put it here. I found this site when looking for maps of Vespucci's journeys. I like the history maps of Europe from year 1 to 2000.

History maps of Europe from year 1 to 2000

Dictionary sites  back to top

US pronunciation
Has both GB and US pronunciation
US Pronunciation

GB pronunciation
Eckart Klein, Bilinguales Wцrterbuch Biologie (Deutsch-Englisch,
Englisch-Deutsch, mit phonetischer Transkription)
Hrg. Verband deutscher Biologen

Papers on CLIL and CLIL-related issues back to top

In the TeachingEnglish site there are two programmes with interviews with a variety of CLIL people which can be heard online here:

Part 1

Part 2

The Guardian ran a debate in 2005 at the IATEFL Conference in Cardiff on the future of language education and more generally about Content and Language Integrated Learning which can still be followed here (NB - if the link doesn't work, try doing a search from the Guardian weekly site):


The OneStopEnglish site offers a short outline of what CLIL is

Interesting Blog personal opinion on CLIL

A Slovak paper on CLIL Teacher Training provision

Content of MA diploma at Nottingham University where CLIL TT is offered

Research on CLIL from Finland

The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction USA.


Networks back to top

Factworld (Forum for Across the Curriculum Teaching) – a group of 2600 (as of Sept 2006) colleagues to share with, materials, information.  Teachers of all subjects all over the world working in many languages.

ELTeCS (the English Language Teaching Contacts Scheme).  This is the biggest electronic network of teachers that I know of with around 20,000 teachers globally.  It's quick and easy to join the lists from this site.

AEDE - The Association Europeenne D'Enseignants (European Association of Teachers)


Regional websites:

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►The European Network of Language Teacher Associations

The Latin American Journal for Content and Language Integrated Learning

The forum for across the curriculum teaching portal – put your flag here, reports, materials, information.  Ethical English and Share Your World are available on this site.

European Content and Language Integrated Classrooms

(shame the journal is not running anymore, stopped in 2001)

This link is to Eurydice where you can find reports on CLIL for most if not all of the countries in Europe.  If the link above doesn't work you can go to the home page at and from therе go to the Foreign Languages link and find CLIL, or do a search from this page for 'clil country descriptions'.


The CLIL Axis offers a round up of a number of CLIL countries with a particular focus on team teaching and a small number of video clips of CLIL lessons which the browser can download

plus check out the weblinks

The CLIL Compendium is a portal which offers a detailed and useful-looking structure outlining Content and Language Integrated Learning.  The site is useful for reading descriptors of different contexts of CLIL:

The CLIL Matrix is an audit of what is going on in CLIL around Europe and offers the visitor a real-time self CLIL test which provides descriptors so you know who and what you are in the CLIL world:

This site offers an archive for materials storage in a number of subject areas.  The project was still under construction as of September 2006, and though it's a great potential storage space, is still empty in Nov 2008:

This site is a new born baby in October 2008.  Set up to support the work of CLIL teachers, networking, information, development, you name it, it claims to be here somewhere and it's free to join:


Other non-CLIL sites which may be useful back to top

►The BBC website has a very useful section called 'Learning' which has links to a vast range of curriculum-related and educational websites and resources.  This site gets a FACTWorld smiley!


I came to this website looking for mini projects for the language classroom and building paper bridges was just the thing I was after.

►Paper airplanes

Very useful simple site with all you need to build 24 paper planes. You get instructions, video clips and ideas. Perfect for carrying out short projects on testing a group of planes, observation, modification and presentation in the classroom.

DLTK's Sites, Growing Together.

I came looking for stuff that I could entertain my two-year old with on a long trip. A good find!

The Colouring Book

It says what it is.

Dennis Newson put me on to this section of the BBC. There are some very nice Podcasts you can download here.

►National Curriculum UK (go to standards for examples of children’s work and lesson plans), take a look at ‘attainment targets’ for achievement descriptors.

►Making the News is an online forum for publishing students' work.  At the moment, Oct 2006, the focus is on Climate Change and there are a number of student articles available.

►ESP World - a web-based journal on English for Specific purposes with many articles on a wide range of issues in this field.  Good place to look for research work and discussion on ESP.

►International Children's Digital Library - Not CLIL but great nevertheless. Am looking for materials to use with my daughter. This is a great archive of stories for children.

Many thanks to ICDL for setting this up!

►Enchanted Learning is for those of you interested in a website where you can find just about every visual you can imagine for a learning purpose in different subjects, contribution to pay for access to materials.  Very simple, but so very useful.  Worth every penny!.   This site gets a FACTWorld smiley!


I like the picture glossaries at this site very much, among others

►IHMC CmapTools from The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition is a lovely tool for creating concept maps, but with the added attraction that you can embed language along the branches as well, and not just put words in the cells. Mmm, I can see diagrams of sentences here...

This site gets a FACTWorld smiley!

Do send us anything you make with this!

►A Conference for concept mappers! Links to the next conference (Chile, Oct, 2010) and past. Now, would I like to be there!

CMap Conferences Link

►XMind is an open software social networking site where you can build your own mind maps and then share them with the community in XMind.

►World of Teaching is a website archive for PowerPoint presentations. There are hundreds and hundreds of them. It's run voluntarily and on a non-profit basis, though you can buy CDs with the PPTs and / or make a contribution.

My daughter loves this site. She asks to go back to Anansi and Intsy Wintsy quite a lot, stories and songs, am sure that soon she'll be into the games too.

►NASA - There are many reasons to visit the NASA website, but one particular reason for me is the image gallery there. All things space and much more, and very useful for producing your own lesson materials.


The Wordle website has nothing to do with CLIL but is a fun way of creating word clouds of any text you like. Word size is related to frequency. I sometimes present clouds of words in Wordles to my students and get them to work in small groups to recreate the context the words come from based on what they see in the cloud. Good way of putting related words in one place in a random order.


Here's a wordle for FACTWorld's home page

►The London Grid for Learning was set up to maximize ICT know-how, wares and content for schools in the London Boroughs. Though much of what is on offer is for London schools the links, ideas and content are all very relevant and useful for colleagues looking for content and ICT integrated resources.

►This site has just about every instructional video you can imagine. I found it looking for English materials to do with arts and crafts for a colleague in Austria. The video recordings have very useful process language, step-by-step, sequenced ideas etc.


►The EAL-Bilingual list in the UK throws up some good resources. This one is an archive of school to home letters in multiple languages.
Any Other Business: back to top

►Strange fairytale on CLIL which I think is delivering a message saying that CLIL is an attempt at offering something new but which only creates confusion (I keep going back to this, and think 'maybe I missed something', but no, still can't figure it out):