Demand for CLIL reaches new heights at Bell Teacher Campus

12 October 2010

2010 has proved to be a bumper year for Bell Teacher Campus; it’s seen a record number of participants enrolling on teacher development courses, together with an increased demand for CLIL which has officially reached new heights.

Bell Teacher Campus welcomed nearly 800 teachers from over 40 countries this summer to study on its diverse range of teacher development courses, marking a 10% increase in numbers from 2009.

Bell’s Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) course proved the most popular in 2010, with over 14% of all participants enrolled on this course. Demand for CLIL increased by 55% between 2009 and 2010, the highest recorded increase this year of all courses offered at Bell Teacher Campus.

Bell’s CLIL course focuses on practical ideas and methodology that teachers can use in their own classroom and enables them to develop their language skills, classroom English and key CLIL methodology. The course has been particularly popular with primary and secondary school teachers. Isabelle from Spain teaches technology through English CLIL and shares similar challenges with many other secondary school teachers: ‘It’s difficult to bring students up to speed with vocabulary and the content of specific topics. Students start general English at the age of six in Spain but need to readjust to learning subject-specific content.”

There is also an emerging demand for CLIL courses from the university sector which comes in light of an ever-increasing number of courses taught in English at European universities, particularly in countries including Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia. Since 2003, it has been reported that such courses have tripled (University World News, 2008), with around 2,400 English-medium programmes now running.

In response to the growing number of English-medium courses, the European Educational Research Association researched issues in 2010 related to learning subject content in English. The research identified that there are specific difficulties associated with lecture comprehension, partly due to the students' English proficiency, as well as the lecturers' English proficiency and lecturing skills. The main issues reported were related to difficulties in distinguishing the meaning of words, unfamiliar vocabulary, and problems taking notes while listening to lectures.

University professor, Angelica from Germany, lectures in psychology and found Bell’s CLIL course particularly valuable: “Fluency in English is the biggest challenge – to keep English to a level of fluency. If you are a teacher of psychology, it’s not so much about grammatical accuracy; it’s about communicating the message effectively.”

Bell’s Group Director of Marketing and Sales, Will Kinsman, explains: “We aim to inspire teachers from all over the world and provide them with creative and valuable learning tools to integrate into their teaching methodology. Our CLIL courses focus on communication and fulfil the needs of all teachers, from primary school teachers to university professors.”

With Bell’s suite of courses planned to increase from 12 to 15 in 2011, additional courses will include From English Language Teacher to Academic Manager, Teaching English for Academic Purposes and Blended Learning: Combining Online and Face-to-Face Teaching. For further information on available courses, visit


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Caroline Davidson
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Notes to Editors

About Bell
Bell is a leading educational charity and one of the largest British-owned providers of English language education services. Each year, Bell helps over 100,000 students, from more than 120 countries through one of its 37 worldwide teaching centres and e-channels, primarily to learn English and other languages. Bell operates 9 centres in the UK, including a boarding school for international students.

The organisation also provides teacher training, educational management, consultancy and project services to international organisations, universities and governments.

About Bell Teacher Campus Cambridge
Bell Teacher Campus Cambridge offers 800 teachers of English as a Foreign Language from more than 40 countries the opportunity to live and learn within a campus environment. In 2011, the campus will offer a choice of 15 courses. These courses run in July and August each year. For more information, visit

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