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The ADiBE project brings together key figures with ample experience in the field of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) from six countries (Spain, Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, and the UK). It aims to fill a much-needed niche affecting catering to diversity within CLIL programs across Europe and to work towards an inclusive, innovative, and reflective society by offering research-based evidence and concrete resources to improve language learning and make bilingual education a more inclusive reality for all. Its objective is three-pronged: to identify difficulties and best practices in catering to diversity in intercultural and content integrated language learning and teaching; to produce and implement project -, task-, and ICT-based activities to make CLIL accessible to all types of achievers; and to design and pilot teacher training modules to empower practitioners to step up to this important challenge. The ultimate aim is to contribute to the integration of all students, regardless of their socioeconomic status, educational background, or achievement level and to making CLIL accessible to all.

More specifically, the objectives of the ADiBE project are:


  1. To design, validate, and apply reliable instruments (questionnaires, interviews, and observation protocols) to identify the key difficulties and determine the most outstanding practices which are being implemented in northern, central, and southern Europe to cater to diversity in Secondary Education CLIL programs.
  2. To design and pilot project- and task-based activities incorporating the use of ICTs and telecollaboration for foreign language and content subjects taught through that FL in Secondary Education.
  3. To make these activities available through OERs and publish a guide to exploit them in the CLIL classroom.
  4. To design and pilot a teacher training module incorporating the findings of the study and the sample activities in order to equip teachers to cater to diversity in CLIL classrooms.
  5. To draw up online pedagogical video guides where the key figures in CLIL who participate in this project provide tips based on the outcomes of the project for teachers, students, teacher trainers, and authorities to contribute to making CLIL accessible to all.

ADiBE addresses three main target groups, whom it seeks to reach and benefit:


  1. A diversity of Secondary Education institutions which have incorporated CLIL, especially those where language learning and teaching is a challenge because of cultural, cognitive, social, or financial adversity.
  2. Teacher education institutions (both universities and teacher training centers) as carriers of pedagogical innovation and reform at secondary schools through professional development of both pre- and in-service teachers.
  3. Educational authorities, who will be able to use the data, activities, and modules stemming from the project to guide future legislative decisions on the expansion of fully bilingual schools, pedagogical decisions on the practical development of CLIL programs with different types of achievers, or organizational decisions on the successful integration of immigrant students and latecomers to the program.

As regards its outputs, the ADiBE OER pool serves as an online one-stop shop with all educational resources created in the project’s lifetime to support teachers and teacher educators with an interest in catering to diversity in CLIL for improved foreign language and content learning in Secondary schools. The following elements will be included:


  • Surveys, interviews, and observation protocols, which will be made available for the future use in similar studies which replicate ours.
  • A scientific publication which reports on the main difficulties and measures to cater to diversity in CLIL which have been identified through the previous instruments. A monograph of a high-impact journal will be published with the chief findings.
  • A set of open education resources comprising the projects and tasks incorporating ICTs and CMC for different levels of achievers and for a vast gamut of language and content subjects taught through the FL. A manual with guidelines on how to implement the aforementioned resources will also be included.
  • A teacher development module covering theoretical guidelines, differentiated pedagogical practices, and tried-and-tested techniques to cater to diversity in CLIL classrooms.
  • Online pedagogical video guides for teacher training and course support.


In addition to the project’s direct impact on the participating teachers, it will also ensure a long-term impact on teachers, teacher educators, educational authorities, and language teacher associations through the combined effect of three measures: the open availability of tried-and-tested educational resources; a series of workshops, conferences, and Multiplier Events; and the ADiBE networking and community building facilities on the ADiBE website.


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