Monday, 26 March 2018


Scaffolding is a great way to engage students in a lesson from the very beginning. Scaffolding helps building skills and competences by helping learners to understand the contents and the language using different estrategies that support them to build skills and competences which will be transferred to other 

In order to make scaffolding  effectively, we should always have in mind the objective of our lesson, the students’ needs and the task sequencing, and focus our scaffolding where the help is needed to achieve intended learning outcomes.

Remember that Scaffolding means helping learners to build and develop skills and competences, and it helps teachers to attend diversity and foster creativity and autonomy within the classroom.

   “I’ve seen teachers burn out because of the effort they put into planning, so it’s important to start slowly, to take small steps, bite-size pieces and ideally work in a team –with language and content teachers.”
David Marsh: Extract from a Foreword in: 
101 Scaffolding Techniques for language and teaching and learning,
 by Donna Lee Fields. Octaedro Editorial. Barcelona 2019.

Donna Fields was at the Centro de FormaciĆ³n del 
Profesorado teaching the course: Scaffolding for CLIL Secondary. 

                                                      Click on this image to see her presentation

Download the activities carried out during the face to face course

If you click on your subject, you can see the activities created by @educacyl teachers after the face to face session course held by Donna Fields:

From CFPI we want to provide bilingual teachers with a range of resources to teach subjects in English within the CLIL approach.



- BALL Phil, KELLY Keith, CLEGG John: Putting CLIL into practice. 2015 Oxford University Press

- COYLE Do, HOOD Philip, MARSH David: CLIL. Content and Language Integrated Learning. 2010, Cambridge Universitiy Press 

- Liz Dale and Rosie Tanner: CLIL Activities. A resource for subject and language teachers. 2012. Cambridge University Press

-Popular Science: great to obtain articles and information for the students.
-Science Sparks:

-Learning Science:

This is a summary of our course on CLIL for subjects: Natural Science, Maths, Technology, and Physical Education.

Resultado de imagen de CLIL

These presentations belong to Rebecca Place and Melissa Thomson in charge of the CLIL FOR SUBJECTS. SECONDARY course in Centro de FormaciĆ³n del Profesorado en Idiomas.

Click on the pictures to enjoy the lectures:

This presentation uses a Physical Education class to show many CLIL activities which can also be used in the Science area. 


Scaffolding is a great way to engage students in a lesson from the very beginning.  Scaffolding helps building skills and compe...