CLIL agus an Teagasc Trí Ghaeilge, 27 Feabhra, 2010

CLIL agus an Teagasc Trí Ghaeilge


CLIL & Teaching through Irish


Conference Saturday 27th February 2010

NUI Galway, in partnership with Gaelscoileanna Teo


Orbsen Building, NUI Galway



On the Dioplóma Iarchéime san Oideachas (DIO), our students undertake their teaching practice component in Gaeltacht schools or in Gaelcholáistí, teaching their various subjects through Irish. Although they are being taught through the Irish language, it is as we know, not the first language for the majority of the secondary students in this country.


CLIL – Content and Language Integrated Learning is based on the common-sense belief that better learning takes place when learners are stimulated by the subject matter, hopefully out of interest but sometimes of necessity. Both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is catered for. There is also obvious pedagogic and even economic sense behind the notion that content and language are best taught and learned together.  


In effect, what is practised both in schools and on the teacher training course here in the university is CLIL, in varying degrees of immersion. There is already a strong basis of immersion teaching at primary level, but the needs of the second level subject-teacher are not always as readily visible or addressed.


We are holding a conference here in National University of Ireland, Galway, in partnership with Gaelscoileanna Teo., on 27th February 2010 on CLIL and the teaching of subjects on the second level curriculum through the medium of Irish.


The conference aims to address the needs of second level teachers who are currently teaching through Irish, and to raise the awareness of CLIL methods, strategies and current research. We would like to foster the design and production of resources, aids and materials in the various subjects, and we hope to set up a support network for the dissemination of shared experience, and resources.


Our panel of Speakers has yet to be finalised –but thus far they include

María Jesús Frigols Martin - Valencia

Muiris Ó Laoire - Tralee IT

Áine Furlong - Waterford IT

Olive Ní Chonghaile – Clochar na Trócaire, Tuam, Co. Galway

Carmel Mary Coonan - University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy

Do Coyle -  University of Aberdeen

Yolanda Ruiz de Zarobe - University of Basque Country, Spain



Themes to be discussed by the panel of speakers encompass

  • CLIL in practice in the classroom
  • The CLIL lesson plan
  • CLIL and minority languages
  • The development of CLIL
  • Pilot projects in CLIL in minority languages
  • The design of CLIL aids, resources and material for the classroom



The day will begin at 9.30 and go through lunch to 4.30 in the afternoon.

Cost of the conference is €55.

Lunch, tea and coffee is included.


If you

Teach a subject through another language, especially a minority language

Have an interest in minority languages

Would like to know more about CLIL

Are interested in languages generally

Teach Irish

Teach through Irish


Then this conference is for you!



There will be opportunities to share best practise, to see new and innovative ways to engage with language and content together, to facilitate learning, to hear other teachers talk of their experiences, to share and network with others, to explore this growing area, and to learn about current research and opportunities.


Fáilte roimh chách. Join us!