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Scientific Literacy and CLIL

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Session Title: 

Scientific Literacy and Content and Language Integrated Instruction (CLIL)




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Abstract:  Write a brief (not more than 50 words) description of your session. Your audience is potential participants in the session. Be as specific as possible.

Scientific literacy and CLIL session aims to provide novice CLIL practitioners a focus on implementing CLIL principles in bilingual science classes. As many countries throughout the world have been implementing CLIL to promote competitiveness of the citizens, bilingual science may be of most challenging as science terminology and concepts may be more difficult to process in second or foreign language. This session aims to provide primary school teachers a platform to discuss how to promote scientific literacy with emphasis on how to provide support for English language learners. The sessions will be practice oriented as opposed to a focus on theories of CLIL. Videos of CLIL Science lessons will be analyzed in terms of language support and content learning. 




Target audience:


Primary school English teachers who are interested in teaching soft CLIL lessons in Science

Subject teachers who are interested in teaching Science in English

Researchers and professors who are conducting research in this area. 





Session objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will have

  • an understanding of how to promote scientific inquiry with language support
  • resources to provide scientific language scaffold to English Language Learners 
  • understood the role of translanguaging in bilingual science class  
  • designed Science lessons based on CLIL principles  




Syllabus:The session syllabus. Include the major focus for each week and at least one activity or task. You will fill in the details during the training session.

Week 1: (January 11 - 17) 

Introduction to bilingual science and CLIL 

participants get-acquainted and form science CLIL community 

Introduce Canvas and get familiar with the online platform  

Week 2: (January 18 - 24)

Classroom Language and Interaction within a Bilingual Science Class 

How concepts and vocabulary are learned in Science CLIL classrooms

Six Grade Science Lesson on Mold Experiment 


Week 3: (January 25 - 31)

Combining the 5E model with CLIL principles 

Evaluation in Science CLIL lessons

Lesson: The Water Cycle 



Week 4: (February 1 - 7)

Analyze translanguaging examples in science lessons

STEM Lesson: Art Bot 


Week 5: (February 8 - 14)

Science Lesson Sharing and wrap up

Be sure to plan time in your syllabus for wrap-up and session evaluations. Don't start a new project or topic in the last week.

Share thoughts about 




Media used during the session: 

  • Interactive space:   facebook/canvas 

  • Content space: canvas

  • Live meeting space: zoom


Other technology tools:

Flipgrid for sharing Math or Science teaching 

Padlet for live interaction during synchronous online webinar

Mentimeter for reflections

Quizlet to create math or science target vocabulary reviews




 Suggested sponsor(s): TESOL Call-Is, TESOL EFL-IS, NTUE Bilingual Education Research Center



Name (last, first)

Email address


(country of residence)


(max. 50 words)


Dr. Chien, Jane



Jane Chien is an assistant professor and chief executive officer of the Center for Bilingual Education and Research at the National Taipei University of Education. She has devoted herself in pre-service primary school teacher training and in providing professional development in CLIL for in-service teachers.

Dr. Chen, Chin-Fen



Dr. Chen is the director of the Center of Bilingual Education and Research at the National Taipei Univerisity of Education. She has devoted herself in promoting CLIL and bilingual education in primary schools throughout Taiwan. 

Jose, Michelle



Michelle Jose taught university chemistry in the Philippines. She now gives workshops on Science CLIL to primary school science teachers. 


Primary Contact:  Jane Chien








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  • I understand that session first-time moderators are required and returning moderators are encouraged to participate in the 5-week Moderators' Development Session from October 18 until November 15, 2021.

  • I am available to actively engage in the EVO session I have agreed to co-moderate between January 9 and February 14, 2021. 

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