UNESP: Teacher professional development

São Paulo State University (UNESP) professors were introduced to the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) course taught by TESOL Language Teacher,  Laura Fairbrother of The University of Queensland's Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education. The course is offered through the UNESP / Santander Agreement to the professors of all the Postgraduate Programs of the Institute, under the coordination of the professors Paula Tavares Pinto and Gisele Manganelli Fernandes, Department of Modern Languages.

The CLIL course is being introduced to all teachers in four UNESP Campus: Botucatu, Presidente Prudente, Araraquara and São José do Rio Preto, as these are the units with the highest number of Graduate Programs. Laura Fairbrother is responsible for teaching the course at the Campuses of Araraquara and Rio Preto.

The course aims to help the internationalisation of UNESP as it presents techniques for the provision of postgraduate and English language courses for Brazilian and foreign students.

According to Laura Fairbrother, UNESP professionals have been very willing to learn and share their knowledge with colleagues in other areas. "They have a passion for what they do and want to communicate their research areas as best they can," she said.

From left to right: Professor Paula Tavares Pinto, from the Department of Modern Languages; Professor Maria Tercília Vilela de Azeredo Oliveira, Director of Institute of Biosciences, Languages and Exact Sciences / UNESP and Laura Fairbrother, Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE).

About CLIL 

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is an internationally recognised approach to teaching a language and a subject simultaneously.

ICTE has extensive experience and expertise developing and delivering CLIL training programs and have assisted educators from more than 19 universities and government agency partners in Brazil, China, Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam develop skills to teach academic content in English.

Our CLIL programs support participants to:

  • develop an increased awareness of the language demands of their subject materials
  • develop teaching materials that engage learners and support their content and language learning
  • use practical skills and techniques to effectively manage the learning process
  • build an awareness of the principles of best practice in CLIL

Our CLIL training programs include a strong focus on the development of practical skills and include workshops that allow participants to apply strategies presented during the program to their own teaching contexts, using their own teaching materials.

Last updated:
31 March 2020