Bulgaria Course - Putting CLIL into Practice

Putting CLIL into Practice was first held in Plovdiv in 2018 and has gone through a number of developments since.
The course is available for primary teachers and also for secondary teachers.
The course has travelled to other countries including Estonia, Austria and Switzerland.
It is also now available in an online version.
Putting CLIL into Practice has led to other professional development such as planning for CLIL and projects for CLIL.
Lastly, the CLIL Clinic was recently created to offer colleagues easily accessible help and suggestions for their CLIL lessons.

CLIL Clinic
The drop in clinic for help and suggestions on CLIL for your lessons and teaching.

CLIL Projects for Erasmus+
I've been approached to prepare some professional development for CLIL on the theme of projects...

Planning HELP for CLIL Lessons
I've been invited to contribute online to a CLIL course for teachers recently. A large amount of the focus is on lesson planning.

Putting CLIL into Practice Online 
There is now an online version of this course available.

Course - Putting CLIL into Practice
The CLIL Courses – Putting Secondary CLIL into Practice (PSCIP) and Putting Primary CLIL into Practice (PPCIP) – offer a comprehensive combination of CLIL theory and practice with the aim of equipping teachers with the ideas and skills they need to help their students work through curriculum material in English, and support students when they are asked to speak and write about these subjects in the foreign language.

Course Dates 
PPCIP - Monday 30th August to Friday 3rd September 2021

Putting Secondary CLIL into Practice - Overview

PSCIP I will be a special CLIL Masterclass delivered by myself and, I'm very pleased to annouce, Phil Ball. As co-authors (with John Clegg) of OUP's Putting CLIL into Practice, we've managed to put our ideas into a course we will co-teach, so you get both of us for the price of one!

Day 1
After a traditional Bulgarian welcome which I know all will enjoy we'll get into the programme and begin to lay out a foundation for working on CLIL with an exploration of 3D CLIL and CLIL in all its dimensions.

We will explore thoroughly different layers of language in CLIL

Each day will close with a focus on materials development to go a long way to providing colleagues with resources to take back and use in their teaching immediately!

Day 2
The second day examines strategies for guiding students through content input and support them in producing content output, two key pillars of CLIL methdology.

Guiding Input - TextWork

Day 3
Day 3 develops the theme of guiding input with a focus on working with multi-media input in the classroom.
Wednesday evening will be our International Dinner and all participants will bring a tipple and a tasty nibble from their home culture to present and share with the group. Yum!

Day 4
Here, we move on to considering ideas and techniques for supporting student output – in written or spoken form.

Day 5
The final day has participants working on support for spoken output in CLIL. Part of the work of a CLIL teacher is being familiar of ‘all’ of the language in their subject, as we hear on day 1.

Supporting Output - Speaking in CLIL Classes

Their will also be a well-earned certification ceremony and warm farewells to end the formal part of the week together.

Putting Primary CLIL into Practice - Course Overview

Day 1 - Monday
Initial introductions also allow the hosts to present ‘how things are done’ at Anglia School, its curriculum and ‘learning by doing’ as well as time for participants to present some background information about their own school contexts. The day continues with an examination of expectations and matching these to the course programme and, more generally, Anglia School methods. The day ends with a short walk around town to allow participants to get bearings.
Day 2 – Tuesday
The second day is dedicated to an exploration of language in learning, with an initial specific focus on speaking and writing and more broadly ‘language in the curriculum’. Participants will be presented with samples lessons, either live visits to lessons and / or with an examination of session plans. Colleagues are then invited to consider language issues in their own curriculum contexts and how materials and methods reflect these issues.
Day 3 – Wednesday
Day 3 focuses on art in the curriculum and ways, means and methods for young children to represent the world around them through art activities. Again, there will be lesson examples to experience and sample session plans working on art themes for participants to discuss. Lastly, participants will have time to focus on art in their own contexts including the opportunity to produce resources to take home for use.
Special Note! – Wedensday evening will have the International Dinner and participants are asked to bring an item of food and an item of drink representing their home culture to share with the group.
Day 4 – Thursday
Music and action is the focus of Day 4 and song, music and movement will be explored in all its forms in the young learner curriculum. Colleagues will have the opportunity to observe a lesson live and / or discuss session plans for this theme. Participants will work on materials and tasks developing music, song and action in their own curriculum for use back home.
Day 5 – Friday

The last day looks at Science and ‘knowing the world around us’. Here, participants will explore ‘investigations’ to develop in their curriculum back home, they will watch a science lesson and / or discuss session plans on this theme. Lastly, colleagues will work on materials for science in the young learner curriculum and present briefly to the group the resources they have created during their week with us.
The day closes with presentation of certificates and celebration of the week.

Course Registration and Fees

If you are interested in attending a “Putting Secondary CLIL into Practice” or 'Putting Primary CLIL into Practice' course at Anglia School, Plovdiv, we would like to ask you to complete a Preliminary registration form. Once we have reviewed it, we will send you a letter of invitation to join the course.
Once your institution has applied and received Erasmus+ grant for funding, you should confirm your desire to attend the course by completing the Course registration form and paying the registration fee by bank transfer.

Early Registration and Cancellation Policy:
For early registration for PCIP and for PPCIP: 500 EUR
For late registration: 600 EUR
Refunds available depending on date of cancellation.
Once registration and payment have been received we will send you additional information about the course programme, social activities, transportation and other useful tips.

Social programme and information on Plovdiv
Plovdiv is the EU Capital Culture 2019 and there is certainly plenty to do and see during your stay in our lovely city.

А view from the centre of Plovdiv, the Roman Stadium and the main shopping street
A view from the main street


Plovdiv Airport – The South Gate of Bulgaria
Plovdiv Airport is a regional airport that serves South-Central Bulgaria and a population of over 2 million people in a driving distance of 1.5 hours by road. The airport is located 12 km southeast from the city of Plovdiv – the second largest city and cultural capital of the country. Situated in the very heart of the Balkan Peninsula, the city is an appropriate starting point for travelling around the region.
Access to Plovdiv from some European countries including: UK (Stansted Airport, London), Italy (Bergamo Airport, Milan), Belgium (Brussels) and Germany (Hahn Airport, Frankfurt), Plovdiv International Airport could be used.
You can also take a taxi from the Plovdiv Airport to the city centre for approx. 7 – 9 EUR. Please visit the following page for telephone numbers:
Sofia Airport is the main airport, which participants from across Europe can arrive at. It is situated 140 km north-west of the town of Plovdiv.
For more information: http://www.sofia-airport.bg/
Route: To get from Sofia Airport to the Central Bus Station in Sofia take the subway or find the office of “O.K. Taxi” outside the airport terminal; telephone number:
00359 2 973 21 21.
Bus line No.84 links the airport with the city centre.
You have to get off at Hotel Pliska bus stop and change to bus line No.213 or 305 for the Central Bus Station and The Central Railway Station.
Also, there is a metro station, near Terminal 2, which can take you directly to Central bus station.
Travelling by bus:
There are intercity buses from the Central Bus Station in Sofia to the “Yug” Bus Station in Plovdiv, which leave approximately every hour from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The price for the bus is 7 Euro.
For more information: http://www.centralnaavtogara.bg/
To see all direct bus lines from other cities visit
http://www.avtogari.info or http://www.hebrosbus.com
Over 80 settlements have direct bus line to Plovdiv.
Travelling by train:
From Central Railway Station Sofia you can take both direct express or fast trains travelling from Sofia to Plovdiv
and trains travelling the lines Sofia – Svilengrad and Sofia – Burgas.
The trip duration is 3 hours.
The price of the ticket is around 5 euro.
And at 22:40 there is a late train that leaves from the Central Railway Station, which is situated next to the bus station.
From other railway stations:
The towns that have direct railroad connection with Plovdiv are Burgas, Svilengrad, Karlovo, Panagyurishte, Peshtera, Hisar and Asenovgrad as well as many towns in Europe and the Middle East.
For more information: http://www.bdz.bg

Ego Hotel (3 stars):
Alliance Hotel (4 stars) – It is the nearest hotel to the venue:
Noviz Hotel (4 stars):
Trimontium Princess Hotel (4 stars):
Sankt Peterburg Park Hotel (4 stars):
Grand Hotel Plovdiv:

Social Programme (International dinner)
During your stay in Plovdiv, we will organize an international dinner on Wednesday evening. Please bring with you an item of food, and an item of drink which you feel represent your home culture.
The dinner will take place in a nice location (tbc) where each of the participants will say a few words about the items they have brought and we will all share the food and drink together.
Of course, there will be some local Bulgarian surprises for you too! 
((Visit to the Old Town Plovdiv))
All the participants are invited to join Keith and colleagues for a walking visit around Plovdiv ancient town. Dinner in the old town is also a welcome possibility.

Course admin – info@anglia-school.info / +359896096761 / 88 Rodope St, Plovdiv, 4000, Bulgaria
Course content – CLIL@anglia-school.info
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