Concepts and Materials
CLIL in German

CLIL in Australia © Goethe Institut/Bernhard Ludewig

CLIL in Australia

CLIL is a practice that is rapidly moving into mainstream European education. In Australia, many schools have introduced CLIL programs to promote multilingualism – a key competence in an increasingly interconnected world.

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Kinder university

The digital Kinder University is an innovative educational project for children aged 8-12. A key aspect of the Kinder University is its online platform which is accessible to everyone free of charge.

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Junior University

Would you and your students like to try out the Junioruni? Then book a live online taster session free of charge for students in Years 7 to 11. This 50 minute course is lead by one of our German teachers via Zoom.

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Enterprise German

Enterprise German is designed for schools that want to build a bridge to the world of work or expand their business contacts. The project combines aspects of professional orientation with an idea contest that stimulates the students’ creativity and inventor spirit.

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Speak German + study Science

German is considered, after English, one of the key languages used in science professionally and in research. Bringing STEM and German language learning together is at the heart of the Goethe-Institut’s CLIL/STEM initiative.

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Schools for Sustainability

Teams of students explore the ecological situation in their place of residence, street or school. With concrete ideas and actions, they draw the public's attention to the existing ecological situation.

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Goethe im Garten

In cooperation with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, our community garden located at the Goethe-Institut in Sydney, has been designed to promote gardening, sustainability and positive food habits.

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Thema Energie

In this CLIL unit year 7 & 8 students explore how countries like Australia and Germany create electricity. They investigate the consequences of our energy consumption for the earth, learn about the development of renewable energies and analyse ways to save energy.

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LINGO consists of a hands-on magazine for children between the ages of 8 and 12 as well as the MINTmobile website and app for teens aged 13 to 16. The contents of the magazine is dealt with in more depth both in the subject and linguistically on MINTmobil. All the magazines can be downloaded for free on the Lingo website

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Girls' Day

The Girls' Day is one of the biggest career orientation project for girls worldwide! The aim of this campaign is to expand the range of career choices for women and to promote diversity in the workplace.

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Workshop on Sustainable Development

At the National Conference "Sustainable with German" in 2018, guest speaker Rebecca Rashid developed an interactive workshop on sustainability. Worksheets suitable for Years 9 to 12 are now available for download.

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My Bean plant: The lifecycle of a plant

This CLIL unit combines German and biology lessons and is suitable for students in years 3 & 4. In just 7 lessons, the children learn how to grow a bean plant. They observe the germination process and learn to describe this process in German.

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National Science Week

The National Science Week goes online this year. For this special week, a selection of online science films and videos, DIY science experiments and quizzes can be accessed for free. As a highlight the documentary feature film "Checker Tobi and the Secret of the Planet" will be available as online screening. 

Jahreszeichen  Jacinda Brown

Jahreszeichen – A CLIL Unit for Years 8 & 9

This unit provides a good foundation for getting to know Gulumoerrgin, the language of the Larrakia, and exploring the importance of indigenous languages and related knowledge systems. Jahreszeichen demonstrates the wealth of knowledge that the Larrakia People hold about nature and the environment.

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LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 is a robot composed of a programmable computer, motors and sensors. The robots can be built into different models using LEGO bricks. Depending on the complexity of the project LEGO MINDSTORMS are suited to students from Year 5 to 9.

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Coding with Blue-Bot

Blue-Bot® is a small robot that can be programmed using a tablet or with the arrows on the robot itself. Through this coding game students adopt new skills in Digital Technologies and learn German at the same time. Additionally, with the Goethe-Institut’s classroom mats other learning areas can be integrated into the German lessons.

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School Projects

Several CLIL programs in schools were supported by the Goethe-Institut Australien. Online and board games, robotics and programming, biodiversity, energy and the environment were the themes of these programs.

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Science Experiments in German

Water, magnetism, plants, cars, materials, air, time, weight, oil, fat, gas, the human body, animals, nature, earth and the sun. The Goethe-Institut Slovakia offers 20 CLIL modules for these topics. The modules are suited for primary school children in Years 3 and 4 that speak German at the A1 level.


German and Football © Goethe-Institut Australien

German and Football

With regard to the Football World Cup this page provides links to a number of resources for German and football. In addition to numerous worksheets, you'll find videos and podcasts that you can use in class without much preparation.