Learner types

Yesterday another CLIL -teacher Jan introduced us eight learner types and explained in which ways they learn best.

The types are:

  1. Linguistic

    Rhododentrons are huge in here

  2. Logical/mathematical
  3. Visual/spatial
  4. Musical
  5. Bodily /kinesthetic
  6. Interpersonal
  7. Intrapersonal
  8. Naturalistic (who is intrested e.g. in biology)

Jan had adapted these from The Practice of English Language Teaching by Jeremy Harmer and from “How to use Gardners intelligences in a class program” by M Loon for the Univercity of Canberra

It`s important to make exercises that please different kind of learners.

Simplifying language

Today (10.6.) it was a hard day at school because last night we were socializing in the pub called Mary Shelleys 🙂

However in the afternoon Jan told us how to simplifye the vocabulary. She said that it would be good if the teacher don´t  know very much English, so she/he might be simple enough. Remember:


  • the content is the most important thing
  • give students enough time
  • make texts basic and short
  • use simple words
  • avoid phrasal verbs
  • avoid complicated grammar and long sentences

I think that’s impossible to connect enough time and full content 😦


  • speak clearly
  • repeat
  • say it in another way (translation is a last resort)

Use visual support as pictures, videos, drawings, mind maps and diagrams

Make learning interactive and kinaesthetic.

Teach together the words that usually go together e.g. ice age, global warming


Polish math teachers Bozena and Kate studying CLIL -methods

On weekend we rented a car and drove to the countryside look for mysterious crop circles. Our driver Mauro, english teacher from Italy explained us that they can be made by humans or aliens. Finnish arts teacher Sirkka Heinsuo made a video about our trip. Katarina from the Czech republic and Marta from Poland joined us.

Weekends adventure by Sirkka Heinsuo


Final task

Our final task was to plan about 15 minutes long microlessons in CLIL-method  and teach then each other.


Our excellent teacher Jan gave us good advice about planning those lessons.


From left: Bozena, Kate , Anna, Pirjo, teacher Jan, Karolina and Milan

We were very excited about those lessons. We learnt about triangles from Bozena and Anna. Kate explaned some mathematical problems. We studied first aid with Karolina. Milan told us about Caravaggios painting “The Calling of Saint Matthew”and my subject was vitamins.


Anna and triangles


Bozena and matches


Karolina teaches first aid for Sirkka and me


Sources of vitamins


Anna, teacher John and Kate with some math problems


CLIL-course in Bournemouth 6.6.-17.6.2016

I came to beautiful Bournemouth on Sunday the 5th of June on a hot summer day. The sunset on the beach was fascinating.


Today  we started our studies in Richard Language School.











As you can see it is an old building the walls covered with ivy.

Our host Ian told me that ivy and holly usually go together.


But back to studies.

Today  we had level tests and we were devided into groups. In our group there is three math teachers from Poland, one italian teacher from Slovenia, one nursing teacher from Czech and I, who teach home economics. So we all practise CLIL methodology. It means Content Language Integrated Learning and the four important aspects of  it are Content, Communication, Cognition and Culture.

Our excellent teacher John gave us a example lesson of CLIL teaching and the subject was teeth :). We had different kind of exercises in pairs and groups. John told us that repetition is very important in studying vocabulary. He had different kind of exercises for different learning styles.

Next picture is from Johns notes.