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FRANCE: Training for Primary & Secondary CLIL Teachers for the Ministry of Education [ 2019 ]

The Ministry of Education in France is experimenting with implementing CLIL in upper primary and lower secondary schools. The aim is to develop international education in state schools across Île de France. In Creteil and Versailles the focus will be on improving the quality of subject teaching in English as well as developing international and intercultural understanding.


British Council France engaged TransformELT in collaboration with NILE as teacher training partners. Jason Skeet, Julie Wallis, Megan Walker, Giulia Brazalle, and Aleksandra Zaparucha designed and delivered short introductory face-to-face CPD programmes focused on CLIL to 190 primary & 25 secondary state school teachers in the Paris suburbs in the Creteil (120 teachers in total) and Versailles (70 primary and 25 secondary teachers in total) areas.

This CLIL approach to foreign language teaching has been supported by the European Commission and implemented in France since the 90s, but the recent reform agenda in France has recommended a new and more dynamic approach to language teaching, especially English, in order to boost the teaching of and in the target language.
Immersive teaching practices (50% in French and 50% in English) are being implemented in a number of pilot schools in the state sector. CLIL/EMILE (Enseignement d’une matière intégrée à une langue étrangère) is the preferred methodology used to support this initiative at primary level with some teachers opting to teach subjects like maths, history or sport in English. At secondary level, CLIL/DNL (discipline non-linguistique) is the equivalent and some history-geography teachers or typically, teachers of STEM subjects, deliver their classes in English (or another foreign language).

This is the beginning of what we hope will be a long-term engagement in France.

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