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OUR APPROACH TO EDUCATION

Engaged learning
We believe that learning takes place best when the student is maximally invested and engaged in the process. To this end, our programmes endeavour to engage you at multiple levels. First of all, because our teaching staff are all seasoned CLIL or FL teachers themselves, theoretical concepts are always discussed in the context of the instructor’s own direct experience in the classroom. At the same time, "we practise what we preach", since these courses are taught in English by non-native speakers, this programme is itself an example of CLIL. Like a student in any CLIL classroom, you too will inevitably find your own English language skills greatly enhanced by the experience. Third, we are committed to exploring innovation in language, with a special emphasis on the incorporation of new digital technologies in the classroom for this purpose. Most importantly, we believe that experiential, hands-on learning is most effective. Thus, for example, we will ask you to not just analyse video-recordings of CLIL classroom interactions but also to go to schools and observe real classrooms in which innovative practices are being carried out. You will also participate in practical workshops by experts in CLIL for various disciplines like music, science or physical education and different topics like reading, project management or language-across-the-curriculum. Your internship will be the fullest expression of this practical approach since you will be able to test your ideas in a real-life classroom context, where you will refine your own ability to engage a group of students in their learning process. Finally, your Master’s dissertation will also be tied to a real academic context and based on your own experiences.

That said, we also believe education is a two-way partnership between student who is doing the learning and the person who is guiding them in their learning process. For that reason, we can count on our personal and continuous support throughout this programme.

The blended learning mode
Because the programme is intended for students who may need to combine their education with professional commitments, only half of your coursework is carried out in a classroom on campus, while you may carry out the other half of the coursework online in accordance with your own scheduling needs.

Time organization

Online communication
Online communication will take place through the UAB’s online Moodle platform, which students will also need to use in order to access text files, readings and videos, participate in online discussions, turn in assignments and complete part of the final feedback survey.