EAL Science and CLILing it

I’m supporting in some really interesting classes this term, especially Science. The subject knowledge of those Science teachers is pretty impressive, especially once you get to KS4.

The need for language support in our class tends to be high. The way we’ve been teaching this year has in my view been pretty much CLIL. Roll vignette…

It’s co-teaching/team teaching – the subject teacher does the main input, we cover key vocab together on first input, we work together to clarify concepts. During either an input phase or during a task, I help learners access the content, and raise awareness (to both subject teacher and learners) of process language needs/gaps/etc. There’s a lot of collaboration between all parties, translanguaging on occasions too, as you might expect.

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