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AILA 2017 CLIL ReN Symposium: Update

The 18th world congress of Applied Linguistics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, July 23rd -18th. At this conference the ReN Day will be Tuesday July 25, and the CLIL Research Network is pleased to announce the symposium “Individual Factors in CLIL teachers and learners.”

Please note that ReN participants follow regular conference registration procedures (i.e., there is no separate ReN registration). Early bird registrations close 28 February. More details.

One item we’re keen to discuss is an application to renew the ReN, and gather ideas on what the next three-year plan might look like. The deadline for submissions is 31 Oct 2017 so AILA 2017 will be a timely opportunity to hear everyone’s suggestions.

The following papers will be presented during the symposium:

  • Individual factors influencing CLIL student choices in the transition from primary to secondary (Elisa Hidalgo-McCabe & María Fernández-Agüero)
  • CLIL students’ motivation towards learning academic subjects in English (Thomas Somers & Ana Llinares)
  • Underresearched, but highly relevant in language learning: EFL self-concept as an individual factor in CLIL environments (Dominik Rumlich & Julia Reckermann)
  • ‘What about me?’ – Shaping CLIL beliefs among Austrian university lecturers (Petra Kletzenbauer & Ulla Fuerstenberg)
  • Chicken or egg? Motivation for or from bilingual education in the Netherlands (Tessa Mearns, Do Coyle & Rick de Graaff)
  • CLIL can vary in each teacher and learner (Shigeru Sasajima)

Book: Conceptualising Integration in CLIL and Multilingual Education (Multilingual Matters, 2016)

‘Conceptualising Integration in CLIL and Multilingual Education’ (Eds. Tarja Nikula, Emma Dafouz, Pat Moore and Ute Smit) was published in August 2016. 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.” The book is available for purchase and more information can be found here.

Conference: Cross-curricular language learning (30 June – 1 July 2017)

From 30 June to 1 July 2017 the conference Cross-curricular language learning:increasing motivation, confidence and attainment will be held at Sheffield Hallam University.

The conference welcomes researchers, teachers, trainee teachers and teacher educators. Topics include: the impact of CLIL and immersion techniques on pupils’ motivation and progress; practical ideas for increasing cognitive challenge, motivation and engagement in the primary and secondary classroom; how cross curricular learning can support pupils who will take England’s new language exams; and what we can learn from other countries. More details.


New volume on CLIL experiences in secondary and tertiary education

David Lasagabaster and Aintzane Doiz (2016). CLIL experiences in secondary and tertiary education: In search of good practices. Bern: Peter Lang.

This volume clearly documenting research into CLIL and EMI settings is welcome and timely. A range of researchers rise to the challenge of providing deeper understanding and interpretations of key issues in ways which enable readers to adapt the approaches and ideas to inform their own practices. The nature of integration underpins each chapter and each study in creative, relevant ways at different levels. Bringing together educationalists, linguists and subject specialists provides a shared context for surfacing deeply held beliefs and providing clearer pathways for closer understanding and adaptations to define, refine and support integrated learning. Moreover, integrating theoretical perspectives and research methods is also a feature of the volume which not only informs classroom practices but also goes further into the motivations which operationalize and underpin current drives towards internationalization in universities. The studies in each of the eight chapters in the volume are usefully built on an in-depth critical review of research in the field which enables the reader to carefully position the research and the challenging questions posed.

Recent Publications

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.

Recent CLIL publications – May 2016

Recent CLIL publications – 5/2016

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