Aleksandra Zaparucha

Aleksandra Zaparucha

Aleksandra Zaparucha

I’m a Geography and English teacher from Toruń, Poland, with 30 years of experience in Geography and EFL/ESL teaching, teacher training, translating, examining and materials writing, including over 15 years of Content and Language Integrated Learning. I have worked extensively as a teacher and teacher trainer in Poland and the UK, as well as Asia…

I’m a Geography and English teacher from Toruń, Poland, with 30 years of experience in Geography and EFL/ESL teaching, teacher training, translating, examining and materials writing, including over 15 years of Content and Language Integrated Learning. I have worked extensively as a teacher and teacher trainer in Poland and the UK, as well as Asia (Qatar, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iraq, China). I conduct regular CLIL training for subject teachers for SOP Oświatowiec Toruń. In 2014 my geography workbook for lower secondary ‘Earth and People 1’ was nominated for the British Council ELTons Award in the category of Local Innovation and in 2016 I was the winner of the award as a Tigtag CLIL team member. I regularly contribute to EFL magazines, both online and traditional. I have presented at national and international conferences, such as IATEFL World, IATEFL Poland and HERODOT network, mostly on topics related to CLIL and Global Issues in an English classroom. My website: https://clilmatters.com

The CLIL Wheel for language and subject teachers

CLIL, which stands for Content and Language Integrated Learning, has been around for almost 30 years, so it’s time to review its methodology. The traditional approach to CLIL, proposed by Coyle, Hood and Marsh (2010), revolves around the 4Cs: Content, Communication, Cognition and Culture. However, a more recent proposal put forward by Ball, Clegg and Kelly (2015), refers to the 10 CLIL Parameters. In my talk, I would like to offer a merger of those two approaches in the form of the CLIL Wheel. It combines three of the four CLIL ‘Cs’ – Content, Communication and Cognition with the appropriate parameters, leaving the fourth ‘C’ for Culture as the outside ring of the CLIL Wheel. In this way, the CLIL Wheel offers practical guidance to all those who have already started experimenting with CLIL and those who are thinking about it, whether Primary or Secondary, whether a language or subject specialist.