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AILA 2017 CLIL ReN Symposium: Programme

On July 23rd -28th, the 18th World Congress of Applied Linguistics will be held in Rio de Janeiro. At this conference the ReN Day will be on July 25th. the CLIL Research Network is pleased to announce the programme of the symposium “Individual Factors in CLIL teachers and learners”:

  • INTRODUCTION (Russell Cross & Rick de Graaff)
  • Individual factors influencing CLIL student choices in the transition from primary to secondary (Elisa Hidalgo-McCabe & María Fernández-Agüero)
    This paper presents a mixed-method analysis of the individual factors influencing CLIL students’ choices in transition between Primary and Secondary. To this end, 157 students were asked on their views on the bilingual programme they study in. The categories emerging from this analysis reveal interesting trends in students’ choices.
  • CLIL students’ motivation towards learning academic subjects in English (Thomas Somers & Ana Llinares)

    This study focuses on CLIL secondary school students’ motivation towards learning academic subjects in English. Using a specially designed questionnaire, students’ differential motivation is discussed in terms of individual factors such as exposure to English outside the classroom and the high- or low-immersion track in which they have been placed.

  • Underresearched, but highly relevant in language learning: EFL self-concept as an individual factor in CLIL environments (Dominik Rumlich & Julia Reckermann)

    This presentation explores the relevance of EFL self-concept for language learning in CLIL. Based on quantitative longitudinal data 1,000 secondary students, statistical evaluations confirmed the influence of EFL self-concept on EFL proficiency and interest in EFL classes; results suggest a genuine positive contribution of CLIL to students’ EFL self-concept.

  • BREAK (15 minutes)
  • Chicken or egg? Motivation for or from bilingual education in the Netherlands (Tessa Mearns, Do Coyle & Rick de Graaff)
    A study of individual motivational factors among learners in bilingual and single-language secondary education in the Netherlands. The aims of the study were to establish whether differences existed and in which respects, but also investigate whether learners were motivated for bilingual education or motivated by it.
  • CLIL can vary in each teacher and learner (Shigeru Sasajima)
    This paper tries to answer what CLIL is and focuses on language teacher trainees in order to understand how they see CLIL classrooms. Through their CLIL classroom observation, a variety of attractor states (some patterned outcome) have been identified. The results suggest each individual factor can develop contextualized CLIL pedagogy.
  • DISCUSSION and CONCLUSION (Russell Cross & Rick de Graaff)

Please note registration closes 30 April.


Now available in paperback: Conceptualising integration in CLIL and Multilingual Education

Conceptualising Integration in CLIL and Multilingual Education (eds. Tarja Nikula, Emma Dafouz, Pat Moore and Ute Smit) was published in August 2016 and is now available in paperback. The paperback can now be purchases with a 30% discount (available until August 31, 2017).  Visit Multilingual Matters, search for the book using the box at the top of the page, add the book to your basket and use the discount code that can be found in the Multilingual Matters Discount Order Form.

The volume, which features publications from active CLIL ReN members, has been described as “a key step in establishing an understanding of language and content in CLIL and multilingual education. The authors provide a wealth of research offering valuable new insights into curriculum and pedagogy planning, participant perspectives and classroom practices, while introducing a conceptual framework to integration in CLIL.”

Call for Papers. Bilingual Education: Opportunities and Challenges Panel

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), a world association of academics and researchers based in Athens, organizes A Panel on Bilingual Education: Opportunities and Challenges, 15-16 May 2017 as part of the 19th Annual International Conference on Education, 15-16 May 2017, Athens, Greece. You are more than welcome to submit a proposal for a presentation by email to, before 31 March 2017. The registration fee is 540 euro and includes accommodation during the days of the conference, participation to all sessions of the conference, breakfasts, two lunches and all taxes. More information.

The language of the conference is English for both presentations and discussions. Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length and it should include names and contact details of all authors. All abstracts are blind reviewed according to ATINER’s standards and policies. Acceptance decisions are sent within four weeks following submission. Papers should be submitted one month before the conference only if the paper is to be considered for publication at ATINER’s series.

Summer school Utrecht 2017: CLIL Methodology in Higher Education

During the summer period (July 3 – July 7) Utrecht University organizes the summer school CLIL Methodology in Higher Education.

The summer school offers a practical CLIL (content and language integrated learning) methodology course for teachers and lecturers working through English in higher education (HE). During the course, you develop and improve your understanding, expertise and skills related to CLIL in higher education.

Deadline for registration: May 1, 2017.

More information.

Recent Publications

Recent publications – February/March 2017

We would like to draw your attention to recent academic publications related to CLIL. Clicking on the title will lead you to the article.

Recent CLIL publications – late 2016

We would like to draw your attention to recent academic publications related to CLIL.

  • Lasagabaster, D. & A. Doiz (eds.). (2016). CLIL experiences in secondary and tertiary education: in search of good practices. Bern: Peter Lang.
  • Nikula, T., & Moore, P. (2016). Exploring translanguaging in CLIL. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 1-13.
  • Nikula, T., Dafouz, E, Moore, P., & Smith, U. (Eds.) (2016). Conceptualising Integration in CLIL and Multilingual Education. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.
  • Rumlich, D. (2016). Evaluating bilingual education in Germany: CLIL students’ general English proficiency, EFL self-concept and interest. Frankfurt am Main: Lang.