A very big thank you to Rosie Tanner for flying all the way from Holland to run a number of practical workshops on CLIL activities. Rosie was originally planning to come together with co-author of her book CLIL Activities (Cambridge University Press) but due to unforeseen circumstances Liz Dale was unable to attend so Rosie ran the sessions solo.

Despite doing the sessions alone Rosie was still able to give all participants a huge display of enthusiasm and knowledge and the sessions were all a great success. For this write-up I will focus on the public workshop on Saturday 26th of October 2013 in Tokyo.


Rose leading the session in Tokyo
Rose leading the session in Tokyo

As soon as I walked into the lecture theatre I knew that the workshop would be engaging, as all the tables had been arranged in diagonal lines with four seats, two adjacent and two side-by-side. As soon as I saw this I knew there would be a lot of interaction between participants. I recognised a few colleagues but there were many other faces too. A show of hands confirmed that there were some people who were new to CLIL and some who were experienced CLIL practitioners. However, Japan is still rather new to CLIL so everybody present was keen to get practical ideas for teaching CLIL lessons.

Each table had a whiteboard and pen as well, and quite often we had to write answers or brainstorm ideas on the whiteboard. This was a great way for participants to work in pairs and then share their ideas with the larger group. There were a lot of positive comments about the individual whiteboards, with some people even asking if they could keep them!


Participants using the individual whiteboards
Participants using the individual whiteboards

The session started off with lots of ‘getting to know you’ activities which had participants speaking to each other and got everything off to a good start, after which the session dealt with the 4Cs of CLIL (Content, Culture, Cognition, Communication) followed by a definition of CLIL and the differences between CBL and Immersion. The session also dealt with Soft and Hard CLIL. Participants were also able to interview each other using a questionnaire taken from CLIL Activities to find out ‘How CLIL are you?’ After s short break, participants were involved directly in a Model Art Lesson, although some participants were asked to act as Observers to the lesson, and it was their job to evaluate the demo on CLIL principles and feedback in small groups.

By the end I had a lot of great ideas for things to do in my classes, and I wrote ‘inspiring’ on my whiteboard when asked for a one word summary of the workshop. I truly meant it, and I would like to thank Makoto Ikeda and SOLIFIC for organising the workshop, all the participants who attended the session and most of all Rosie herself for giving such a great session. Thanks to everyone and sorry to those who missed us because of a clash with JALT. We look forward to seeing you at the next workshop.

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