It was not until I joined the LSEF Project that I started to introduce CLIL in my school. I met a group of teachers who were passionate about teaching subjects on the curriculum through a second language. Workshops were provided in conferences, resources were available and the contacts for specialist CLIL teachers were distributed so that we could go and observe their CLIL lessons.
Professionals from the LSEF Project created a supportive environment for me to develop an Art through Spanish language project at my school.
Working in a school where the oldest child is seven, I decided that introducing Joan Miró’s paintings was suitable for my students. We started the project just looking at the painting Constelaciones from Joan Miró. Children identified different features and learnt the following structure: Hay una… estrella / gato / círculo / triángulo / línea recta / línea curvada / … rojo / azul, amarillo / … Once we were familiarized with the painting, children had a go at drawing their own Miró. They used ink and colour paper and learnt basic structures and sentences to ask for scissors, pens and colours. Children were encouraged to talk in Spanish every time they needed something. At the beginning of each lesson, children reviewed the features of Miro’s paint and ‘artist partners’ were set up. Each ‘artist partner’ gave peer feedback on each other’s piece of art. They compared the original Constelaciones paint with their classmates. Effective peer feedback was taught and positive sentences in Spanish were also learnt. After a few drafts, children created their masterpiece, which was displayed in the school corridor. Children expressed their enthusiasm and were very conscious of the project they were taking part in: ‘we are making art but we are also learning Spanish!’
Written by Mònica Pérez, Minerva Academy, City of Westminster – London School Excellence Fund Project participant (LSEF)
Mònica’s main teaching experience has been in the UK. She started teaching Spanish language clubs and later she had the opportunity to develop a thematic approach to language learning. Mònica is doing a Masters at the IoE (UCL) and has recently moved to Cambridge where she still teaches Spanish. Mònica is a good ambassador of Barcelona and has a great passion for teaching languages with technology.