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Tigtag CLIL

Twig Education

Bring Science to life for English learners – age 7 to 11

Age Range
7-11
Devices
PCMacTabletMobileInternet-based
Environment
ClassroomHome
Membership type
BESA

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Tigtag CLIL is an online, film-based resource for teaching science and geography in English around the world. It combines Tigtag’s 800+ award-winning short films with the innovative Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach. CLIL is an increasingly popular teaching methodology around the world. It involves learning a content subject – often science, but also sometimes geography, history, arts, music or physical education – through the medium of an acquired language. Tigtag was ideal for development into a CLIL resource because of its highly visual approach. Our unique films are a rich source of visual input for learners, which enables them to grasp content that could otherwise have been beyond their linguistic capabilities. The availability of closed captions in English (and possibly in the local language, subject to a large-scale local contract) is also a key support in the early stages of a CLIL programme.

Each of the 128 learning units in Tigtag CLIL has been adapted to the unique needs of CLIL teachers and learners, with lesson ideas for the CLIL classroom, glossaries and phrase banks of key language, and games and interactives for practising that language.

To support both learner and teacher as they work in a foreign language, all materials are written in simple, easy-to-understand English.

Three key ideas underpin the development of Tigtag CLIL:

  1. Subject language awareness – quite simply, learners and teachers need the words to express scientific concepts in another language. Words are the building blocks of language. We will support language in two ways:
    a) Glossary of subject-specific language
    b) Phrase bank of general academic language
  2. Guiding input – in language pedagogy, ‘input’ is any language the learners are exposed to via listening or reading. In using Tigtag CLIL, the learners’ main sources of input will be:
    a) The films
    b) Teach talk – specially adapted CLIL lesson activities provide detailed guidance and some scripting for the teacher
  3. Supporting output – in language pedagogy, ‘output’ is the language learners produce by speaking or writing. They need support to do this in a non-native language, so Tigtag CLIL provides:
    a) class activities where students are prompted to repeat key
    b) communicative activities to encourage speaking
    c) 
    worksheets with embedded language support

Tigtag CLIL makes teaching with multimedia easy
You can log in to the Tigtag CLIL website and find the right resources for your next lesson, using the mind map or searching by keyword or topic.

Costs
£275 per annum

Please note this is a starting cost and costs can vary depending on school size.

Trial Options
14 days

Why Teachers Love Using Tigtag CLIL

Case Study

“We’ve been using Tigtag CLIL for our project about plants and the videos are just amazing”

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