Comeniusprojekt 2009-2011  
omparing CLIL Methodologies with other teaching strategies

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Best practice examples of CLIL at Thomas-Mann-Schule –
Comenius meeting in Luebeck from Nov 28th to Dec 1st 2010

Content and Language Integrated Learning (“CLIL”) is the topic of the current Comenius project. It means that a foreign language is used to teach subjects like History, Science, Economics, Religion or Geography - as well known to TMS students from bilingual classes.

13 teachers and 14 students from our partner schools in Frankfurt, Mestre (Italy), Wieliczka (Poland), Inverness (Scotland), Fuentesauco (Spain) and Craiova (Romania) had come to Luebeck at the end of November to discuss and refine CLIL teaching methodologies.
The students, aged 12 to 18,  were all hosted by families of Thomas Mann students, who came from grade 8 to 13 and are involved in one of the CLIL projects practised at our school.

After meetings in Scotland, Spain, Romania und Poland that focussed on the development of tools to evaluate teaching methods in traditional and CLIL lessons and that were based on video clips, the latest conference in Luebeck gave the opportunity to work on real lessons. Different subjects in several classes were taught by TMS teachers as well as by some of our foreign guest teachers and their lessons were analysed subsequently.Various types of practising CLIL could be experienced.

Headmaster Peter Flittiger and coordinator Alessandro Memo from Italy

After headmaster Peter Flittiger had welcomed the guests, the whole group of teachers watched a Geography lesson on child labour in India in class 8, given by Winfried Harz, which was part of the class’s regular bilingual program.
Another example of CLIL are the Model United Nations (MUN) debates, as practised for many years at Thomas-Mann-Schule as MUNOL (Model United Nations of Luebeck), an annual student conference simulating the work of the United Nations. So on the second day of the meeting our guests could witness a MUNOL debate on the role of smoking in modern society, which had been prepared by Winfried Harz and students from class 11b in their bilingual Geography lessons. According to MUNOL rules the students organized the debate all by themselves. The guest students had also prepared brief statements and were invited to take part in the discussion, some of them really took their chance and participated actively.

Inspired debate of TMS students and their guests

The third day gave an example that not only language teachers can practise CLIL – a Biology lesson in English, given by Dietrich Schulz to class 8, was watched by some of the teachers, while others witnessed lessons that guests had prepared for TMS students: Adriana Popara from Romania got class 13s interested in history and politics of her home country, which is still pretty unknown to most Germans.
John Smith from the Royal Academy of Inverness gave a Geography lesson to class 11 about climatology. Though both guest teachers did not know their groups before, they managed to involve them in a lively discussion.
In the final evaluation everybody agreed that all lessons they had seen were examples of best CLIL practice.
The actual lessons were supplemented by powerpoint presentations prepared in different CLIL projects at TMS – one on the city of Lübeck and its attractions – to prepare the guests for their sightseeing in their free time (Bilingual Geography, 8d), the other one on European Eating Habits (Biology, 9d).

Dietrich Schulz and his students present European Eating Habits

The importance of an education that is based on language skills and international exchange was pointed out by the Vice President of the Hanseatic City of Luebeck, Peter Suennenwold, who had invited the whole Comenius team to a reception at the town hall’s audience chamber. A guided tour of the historic town hall followed his speech.

Vice President Peter Sünnenwold welcomes coordinator Alessandro Memo

Further the sightseeing program in the afternoons included visits to the famous Christmas Fair at the Hospital of the Holy Spirit, to the Border Documentation Site at Lübeck Schlutup and to Travemünde with the Baltic Sea, which appeared in cold, but sunny winter weather.

Winfried Harz explains aspects of the inner German border system

At group dinners discussions were deepened, impressions exchanged and new friends were made. This friendly atmosphere, the productive cooperation and everybody’s openness at this wonderful meeting made up for the freezing cold we had to suffer outside (and sometimes even inside).
The Comenius team thanks the hosts and their families for their support, our TMS colleagues for their cooperation, all participating students and teachers, especially Alessandro Memo as the coordinator of the project, for their contributions and commitment!
Now we are looking forward to the next meeting in Frankfurt, where the final presentation of the project’s results will be prepared.

Karin Pichura

© Fotos : Susan Wessin

Lübecker Nachrichten  - 07. Dezember 2010 - Hansestadt Lübeck - S. 13
Fremde Sprachen im Unterricht, Copyright Majka Gerke

Lubeka - piąte spotkanie w ramach projektu Comenius
© Gimnazjum im. Kazimierza Wielkiego

Inverness - Fuentesauco - Craiova - Wieliczka - Lübeck - Frankfurt - Venedig

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