Beyond a coursebook: using CLIL for teaching Global Issues

Aleksandra Zaparucha
Start time
Friday 7 June, 14:45
End time
Friday 7 June, 15:45
The Place

As including non-linguistic content in an English classroom is gaining popularity among teachers, the ‘how’ and the ‘what’ to teach require attention. In this so called ‘soft’ CLIL situation, the content should, in fact, become the driving force of the class, while the language itself should be given a tool role rather than be a goal in itself.

In terms of the content, the language teachers might opt for ‘CLIL pages’ often found in English coursebooks, or work closely with subject teachers to include some history, science or arts content that the students are following. Other issues worth considering, though, are the growing crises in multiple areas of human activity. To counteract, we should not only inform students but also develop their skills, change attitudes and encourage to take action.

Based around the themes of food, fashion and waste, this workshop suggests extending the typical content of an English coursebook to address these global issues with the use of the CLIL methodology.


About Aleksandra Zaparucha

Aleksandra is a Geography and English teacher from Toruń, Poland, with 30 years of experience in Geography and EFL/ESL teaching, teacher training, translating, examining and materials writing, including over 10 years of Content and Language Integrated Learning. She has worked extensively as a teacher and teacher trainer in Poland, the UK (incl. Pilgrims) and other European countries, as well as in Asia (Qatar, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iraq and China). She regularly conducts CLIL training for teachers in Poland for a local publishing company. In 2014 her geography workbook for lower secondary students ‘Earth and People 1’ was nominated for the British Council ELTons Award in the category of Local Innovation and in 2016 she was the winner of the award as a Tigtag CLIL team member.  

Aleksandra has presented at national and international conferences, such as IATEFL World, IATEFL Poland and HERODOT network, mostly on topics related to CLIL and Global Issues in an English classroom. In April 2019, she was a plenary speaker at the 53rd International IATEFL Conference in Liverpool.         


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