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Teacher Training for CLIL in Higher Education Through Blended Learning

  • María del Carmen Arau Ribeiro
  • Margarida Morgado
  • Marcelo Gaspar
  • Mónica Régio
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Abstract

This chapter describes the challenges in planning, preparation, implementation, and results of a blended learning course in teacher training for Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in Higher Education from the point of view of the teacher trainers and teacher trainees involved in the process. The pilot study covers partial results of this b-learning course of 61+ hours, carried out in the 2nd semester of 2016–2017. The collaborating researchers are themselves English teachers – from a combination of areas – English literature, Linguistics, English teacher training, English as a foreign language, English for specific purposes, Terminology, and Translation studies – in the same higher education institutes (HEIs) where the teachers in training volunteered to participate in this innovative training course across Portugal. The opportunities and challenges afforded by this pilot experience, analyzed through careful data collection instruments, provide deeper understanding and interpretations of key issues when peer training shifts from face to face to a blended model, while they suggest innovative solutions for the design and management of similar training courses. The cohesion of the participants as a group and the challenges they encountered, the value of the work developed for their classes, the effectiveness of their experience and their satisfaction together contribute to a better understanding of just how the CLIL approach and accompanying classroom management styles can make a difference in the professional and academic quality of life of teachers who choose to expand their horizons. The main focus of the chapter will be on how trainees creatively assimilated the use of suggested online materials and resources as concrete practice they could integrate in their own classes.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • María del Carmen Arau Ribeiro
    • 1
  • Margarida Morgado
    • 2
  • Marcelo Gaspar
    • 2
  • Mónica Régio
    • 2
  1. 1.Polytechnic Institute of GuardaGuardaPortugal
  2. 2.Polytechnic Institute of Castelo BrancoCastelo BrancoPortugal

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