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CLIL Mondays

Online CLIL talks

Learning through Languages UK and the Centre for Language Research at Aston are pleased to announce the launch of « CLIL Mondays », the second Monday of each month from 4.30 to 5.30.This series of online talks is aimed at teachers at primary, secondary and tertiary levels who have an interest in Content and Language Integrated Learning. CLIL Mondays combine short 30-min talks on aspects of CLIL with Q&A time. From Spring 2021, one session per term will be open to practitioners for sharing of good practice, you are warmly invited to come and present your CLIL work…


CLIL Mondays programme 21/22

The talks are held on MS TEAMS between 4.30 and 5.30 pm (UK time). A meeting link will be sent to all the people enrolled through Eventbrite.


Monday 13th September 2021 (4.30-5.30) 

  • Prof. Do Coyle (University of Edinburgh)
  • ‘Ways of seeing’: positioning CLIL in pluriliteracies spaces
  • As shifts, turns and uncertainties dominate our world, the dynamic of our pedagogic contexts have become a start reality. In this session I shall return to a seemingly simple yet disruptive question: what do we/I/you/they mean by integrated learning?   Acknowledging that CLIL happens in a myriad of contexts, I shall explore ways in which pluriliteracies spaces open ways of combining pedagogies to guide learners towards textual fluency across languages leading to making ‘successful’ integrated learning – CLIL – accessible for all.


Monday 11th October 2021 (4.30-5.30)

  • Judith Woodfield
  • Bring and share best practice: Launch of CLIL resources Repository
  • Judith Woodfield taught Geography through the medium of French for 18 years and supported the implementation of Content and Language Integrated Learning throughout the curriculum in three schools. She has generously shared her teaching materials for dissemination through the Learning through Language UK website. Those wonderful resources – designed for years 6-9 pupils in mind – cover topics as varied as mapwork, the rainforest, the European Union or PSHE lessons in French and German. During this launch event, Judith will guide you through the resources on the website, and will show how she put them together to create units of work across whole year groups. She will show you a methodology booklet and some video clips of classroom practice which may also support CPD. With Judith’s expert guidance, you will be empowered to create your own effective CLIL resources in any topic and language. Don’t miss the opportunity


Monday 8th November 2021 (4.30-5.30)

  • Prof.  Fred Genesee (McGill University) 
  • The Suitability of CLIL Education for Students with Learning Challenges
  • Extensive research on immersion/bilingual programs in North America and around the world has demonstrated that these forms of dual language education can be, and often are, effective at promoting advanced levels of second language proficiency without jeopardizing students’ first language or academic development. The vast majority of this research has been carried out with typically-developing students from majority language and cultural groups. This limitation in current research raises important ethical, professional and practical issues. This presentation will discuss findings from research on students with learning challenges, including language and reading disabilities and special education needs, in dual language programs.


Monday 13th December 2021 (4.30-5.30)


Monday 10th January 2022 (4.30-5.30)


Monday 14th February 2022 (4.30-5.30)


Monday 14th March 2022 (4.30-5.30)

  • Prof. Ana Llinares (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • Moving forward in CLIL research: collaboration between content teachers, languaging teachers and researchers
  • In spite of decades of research on CLIL, there are still many challenges and pending issues that need to be addressed. One of these challenges is the organisation of multidisciplinary teams with content and language teachers and researchers working collaboratively on content and language integrated teaching and assessment. This session will offer insights from research within the UAM CLIL research group ( on content and language integration in students’ production and classroom practices as well as the results from seminars with content and language teachers sharing their work on content and language integrated learning and assessment from the perspective of their own discipline. In this talk I will advocate for the role of CLIL in enhancing multidisciplinary work and research, which this pandemic has shown as the only way to address societal challenges successfully in the present and in the near future.


Monday 11th April 2022 (4.30-5.30)


Monday 9th May 2022 (4.30-5.30)


Monday 13th June 2022 (4.30-5.30)

  • Prof. Yolanda Ruiz de Zarobe (University of the Basque Country)
  • Language policy and practice in CLIL
  • Over the past decades, CLIL has been adopted by most European countries partly to provide an answer to the European Union’s need for multilingualism and internationalisation. This session analyses the relationship between language policy and practice, which requires revisiting some of the issues that affect CLIL implementation and research both in Europe and in other international contexts. The effect of language policy on the implementation of CLIL calls not only for new measures to increase the level of foreign language competence but also for a different perspective in the teaching of non-linguistic subjects.


Monday 11th July 2022 (4.30-5.30)

  • Prof. Christiane Dalton-Puffer (University of Vienna)
  • Attention to diversity in bilingual education
  • After having been associated for many years with selectivity and catering to the linguistically gifted, content-and-language integrated learning (CLIL) has started moving into the mainstream of Europe’s education systems. CLIL classrooms are consequently becoming more inclusive places where subject content needs to be made accessible to a wide variety of learners regardless of their socioeconomic status, educational background, or academic achievement level. The AdiBE project set out to address two problems: the lack of information about practices in northern, central, and southern Europe, and the lack of adequate resources for working bilingually with mixed ability groups. My talk will introduce three outcomes of the ADiBE project: the six ADiBE principles for materials design, the materials bank and the collection of video guides – all developed by the project team to make bilingual education a more inclusive reality for all.

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Conference, Events

Free Online Primary FL Teacher Education

Teaching and Learning Languages in Primary Schools: Putting Research into Practice

Starts from 5th October

Course location:

  • MOOC on Futurelearn

Course facilitators:

  • Alison Porter, University of Southampton
  • Florence Myles, University of Essex
  • Suzanne Graham, University of Reading

Target group:

  • This course is primarily designed for primary school teachers who teach children foreign languages. However, it will also provide useful content for language teacher educators, as well as school subject leads and leadership teams.
  • The course will also be of interest to parents, private language school practitioners and those who run after-school language clubs, including private tutors.

Course objectives – By the end of the course Participants will be able to:

  • Synthesise and discuss empirical evidence regarding young language learner motivation, progression and literacy learning
  • Evaluate language learning resources and practice against language learning theory and evidence
  • Explain the importance of classroom and teacher factors in young learners’ progression and outcomes
  • Experiment with existing practice or novel resources and record reflections on their effectiveness in terms of linguistic outcomes, cognitive and emotional engagement

Online register form:

For further information please click here 

Conference, Events

CLIL International Conference – Linz-Austria-2020

CLILing the European classrooms – How can practitioners and researchers learn from each other to maximise learning in multilingual classrooms?

Since the launching of CLIL in the early 90s its central tenet of teaching a school subject through a target language in an integrative approach has been enthusiastically embraced by teachers throughout Europe. In officially German-speaking countries the approach of “sprachsensibler Unterricht”, which is inspired by the concepts of language awareness and languages across the curriculum as teaching approaches for all subjects is gaining more and more interest.

However, this diversity of contexts and communities in subject-related language teaching, and a treacherous perception of “just do it”, seems to let theoreticians and practitioners drift apart. CLIL practitioners appear to mainly draw on their experiential classroom knowledge and theoreticians seem to mostly focus on broader conceptual issues.

This conference, therefore, aims at providing a space for CLIL researchers and practitioners of all languages and contexts to share their studies and opinions on what works, why and how, in the CLIL classroom. Based on the premise that practice serves as the supreme judge of theory, practitioners and theoreticians are invited to present and discuss their experiences, beliefs, findings and theories of CLIL and language sensitive teaching in the context of migration-related multilingualism to advance their teaching and teacher education.

Being mindful of increased research and classroom activities on translingual knowledge transfer, this conference also invites contributions of multilingual and multimodal teaching practices and research.

The official conference languages are German and English.

27th to 29th February 2020

Pädagogische Hochschule Oberösterreich
Kaplanhofstraße 40
4020 Linz, Austria

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Phil Ball
  • Monika Angela Budde
  • Christiane Dalton-Puffer
  • Keith Kelly
  • Oliver Meyer
  • Magdalena Michalak
  • Ursula Neumann
  • Ute Smit

Confirmed Workshops Leaders

  • Brigitte Gottinger
  • Marie-Theres Gruber
  • Petra Pargfrieder
  • Andrea Partsch
  • Isabel Perez-Torres
  • Verena Plutzar
  • Rosie Tanner
  • Bilge Yörenç

Deadline: 10 January 2020

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