On Thursday 10 May 2018, the University of Westminster launched its CLIL Centre of Excellence, which aims to support a growing network of teachers who are using, or wishing to use, a CLIL approach in teaching in London and the South of England.

The event was marked by a Key Note Presentation from Dr. Alan Dobson on the rationale for CLIL, factors promoting effective CLIL and considerations for the UK context. It also included a summary of the CLIL work and projects undertaken by the University of Westminster, to promote and support primary language teaching and learning in schools and included presentations from three teachers about their experiences of CLIL in the classroom. A vibrant discussion was had about how the case for CLIL can be strengthened.

The launch of the CLIL Centre of Excellence coincides with another newly launched initiative, ‘Learning through Languages UK,’ which is dedicated to the teaching of school subjects in a foreign language. The scheme, led by Aston University and Bordesley Green Girls’ School with input from Birmingham City Council, seeks to increase uptake of students deciding to continue studying modern languages, and to raise achievement levels across all subjects. For more information, click here.

The CLIL Centre of Excellence looks forward to working with partners nationally, and internationally, to keep abreast of latest research and developments in CLIL, as well as helping to signpost language teachers towards excellent CLIL practice and resources. A programme of CLIL events for the new academic year will be available soon.