Innovative teaching and learning practices

Using CLIL in vocational education and training in Flanders

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe-instituut Poperinge (BE)

The school is a mixed Catholic technical school in Poperinge, Flanders (Belgium) with some 750 students. Dutch speaking, the school is close to the French border and there is a good case for reinforcing the teaching of French for employment and other purposes. The school has launched the teaching ...

The Implementation of EPOS, a Web-Based Learning-Platform for the ELC-ELP and other Validated ELP-Versions within a Tutorial Programme in Combination with Language Courses at the University of Bremen

Author(s): Bärbel Kühn, Astrid Buschmann-Göbels, Rüdiger Fehse
Institution/Organisation: Fremdsprachenzentrum der Hochschulen im Lande Bremen (FZHB) (DE)

The case study presented here will focus on the tutorial program which was implemented in October 2007 at the FZHB to enhance plurilingualism and to encourage autonomous language learning. This program offers a systematic combination of language classes, autonomous language learning with EPOS, ...

Tandem Programme at the Language Centre of the Freie Universität Berlin

Author(s): Maria Giovanna Tassinari
Institution/Organisation: Sprachenzentrum, Freie Universität Berlin (DE)

The tandem programme at the Independent Language Learning Centre (ILLC – SLZ) is an extracurricular initiative of the Language Centre of the Free University Berlin (FU Berlin), but is intended to fit into the university context and into the study programmes of the students. The initiative is open ...

Globalisation as a challenge for European development policies and the citizens of Europe: simulation of a European/Latin American summit meeting

Author(s): Guido Bösader
Institution/Organisation: Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Hürth (DE)

The “simulation globale” forming the basis of this project involves an integrated learning approach that enables, to equal degrees, cognitive, affective, methodical and linguistic learning. In this concrete case – the preparation, realisation and evaluation of a European/Latin American summit ...

Independent Language Learning Courses

Author(s): Steffen Skowronek
Institution/Organisation: University of Potsdam (DE)


CLIL in a Basque-medium school in the Basque Autonomous Community (Spain)

Author(s): Yolanda Ruiz de Zarobe
Institution/Organisation: University of the Basque Country (ES)

The following describes the linguistic competence attained by two groups of bilingual students: a group enrolled in a traditional English as a Foreign language (EFL) programme and a group enrolled in a content-based programme. This study analyses the longitudinal progression of these two groups in ...

Moving towards a polyglot mindset in Andalusia: Llanes Middle School (Sevilla)

Author(s): Virginia de Alba Quinones, Francisco Lorenzo
Institution/Organisation: Universidad Pablo de Olavide Sevilla (ES)

Unlike some of its northern counterparts (Catalonia, the Basque Country), Andalusia (Spain) is a largely monolingual region. This has served as an impetus for change yet it is our contention that without the European policies and guidelines emanating from continental institutions, notably the ...

Projet scolaire Coménius 2005-2008: «Les jeunes et le travail dans une Europe en mutation»

Author(s): Martine Ossola
Institution/Organisation: Lycée professionnel Eugène Guillaume Montbard (FR)

Together with 6 other vocational schools, the Eugène Guillaume Lycée in Montbard, France, has organised a technical project revolving around the reconstruction of a 12th century forge hammer. More than 1000 pupils and about 100 teachers participated in the project. The different tasks of the ...

Ensemble Scolaire Saint Léon Nancy: Example of bilingual structure within school: French/German

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Ensemble Scolaire Saint Léon Nancy (FR)

The Ensemble Scolaire of Saint Léon comprises a primary, lower and upper secondary school of some 900 pupils on the same campus and is a fee paying, private school located in the centre of Nancy in north east France near the border with Germany. There are a number of German speaking people and ...

Bilingual teaching in Hungary: An example of the use of CLIL in successfully motivating language learning in bilingual sections

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Karinthy Frigyes Gimnázium (HU)

The school, opened in 1987, is a highly selective, academic secondary school of 650 pupils in a suburb of Budapest, Hungary. Nearly 100% of its students are accepted at university and the World Bank has sponsored it for participation in the International Baccalaureate. From the outset the school ...

Kecskeméti Református Általános Iskola

Author(s): Ildikó Szabó
Institution/Organisation: Kecskeméti Református Általános Iskola (HU)


Le soleil, la lune et les étoiles: An example of using blogs to motivate the learning of French in Ireland

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: St. Michael’s, Loreto Secondary School, Navan (IE)

St Michael's is a Catholic, secondary school for girls (lower and upper) in Navan, a commuter town to the north west of Dublin. As part of her regular teaching the French teacher devotes one class period a week with her 5th year class (16 years) to the development of a website and the writing of ...

Þýskubíllinn (The “Germanmobile”): a project in Iceland to provide motivation for “German as a foreign language” teaching in Iceland

Author(s): Oddný G. Sverrisdóttir
Institution/Organisation: Háskóli Íslands, Reykjavík (IS)

The interest of young pupils in the Football World Championship in Germany initiated the 'Deutschmobil' which travelled through the country giving information about this event, the country and its language. The approach was extracurricular with institutional support to foster learning of German as ...

eMagazine Without Borders and European eMagazine: An example of how to motivate students through international networking in a vocational upper secondary school in Italy

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Istituto Tecnico Industriale (ITIS) Marconi, Verona (IT)

The ITIS G. Marconi is a large technical and vocational upper secondary school in Verona, Italy, with 1250 students on roll and an important scientific and technological character. Its curriculum is divided into two specialist subjects, Electronics and Informatics. It is a Volkswagen Academy and a ...

Kaunas Panemune Primary School, Lithuania

Author(s): Virginija Rupainiene
Institution/Organisation: Kaunas Panemune Primary School (LT)

The Kaunas Panemune Primary School is part of a national network in Lithuania of schools which have launched the early teaching of a foreign language. It is an inner city school with some 250 pupils on roll. For some years the school has encouraged international activities and participation in ...

Broad sweeps of imagination (BSI): Encouraging communication skills to enhance and sustain students’ motivation to learn foreign languages in Turkey

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Göztepe İhsan Kurşunuğlu Anadolu Lisesi Istanbul (TR)

The Göztepe İhsan Kurşunuğlu Anadolu Lisesi in Istanbul is a mixed private upper secondary school with some 590 students. It is the coordinating institution for this initiative which is being implemented through the Doga network of schools in Istanbul with 8000 students overall. The language ...

Spanish Immersion Experience in Northern Ireland

Author(s): Andrea Cochrane
Institution/Organisation: Belfast High School (UK)


The power of music: Example of how music can help to motivate language awareness

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Brentfield Primary School (UK)

The school is a mixed, state primary school in one of the most deprived wards of the London Borough of Brent. There are some 450 pupils on roll, 75% from ethnic minorities, including the children of refugees and asylum seekers, many of them not speaking English. The challenge for the school is to ...

Island voices: The use of videos to motivate language learning in the Hebrides (Scotland)

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: College Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat (UK)

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is a college of further and higher education situated on the Island of Skye in the Scottish Hebrides where all tuition and the running of the college is carried out in Scottish Gaelic. Its aim is to change the pattern of decline of the area through education, employment and ...

Group Talk: An example of how to motivate pupils (particularly boys) and improve oracy in a lower secondary school through small group interaction

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Wildern School, Southampton (UK)

The school is a very large 11-16 mixed comprehensive school of 1800 pupils, serving a residential suburb of Southampton. Because of the school’s ‘overall success in all respects', as stated in a recent government report, it shares its practice with other schools in the area in order to help ...

Centre for Excellence in Multimedia Language Learning

Author(s): Karin Duffner, Elisabeth Lillie, Gregory Toner
Institution/Organisation: University of Ulster (UK)

The Centre for Excellence in Multimedia Language Learning (CEMLL) at the University of Ulster is a five-year project, funded by DELNI (Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland), to explore the pedagogical effectiveness of multimedia language labs. A core team are engaged in ...

e.twinning projects – motivation for language learning/intercultural awareness

Author(s): Maria do Carmo Goncalves
Institution/Organisation: Regional Direction of Education of the Algarve