Category Archive: Events

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.

July 2016 CLIL methodology course at Utrecht University

The Centre for Teaching and Learning at Utrecht University is offering a CLIL methodology course for teachers and lecturers working through English in higher education from 4 July – 15 July 2016. This Master’s-level course allows participants to develop their understanding of existing CLIL methodologies as well as learn how to put acquired knowledge and skills into practice. Each participant will design a subject and language integrated curriculum that promotes active learning for students in higher education.

If you would like to gain this expertise and be part of an international group of teachers and lecturers, apply online now. For more information, visit CLIL Methodology in Higher Education.

E-handbook available for CLIL educators using drama pedagogy

The EU-funded project ‘playingCLIL’ has published an e-handbook for CLIL teachers and teacher educators who wish to make use of methods and activities from drama pedagogy as language and content scaffolds. The handbook offers a wide-ranging compilation of annotated interactive games ready for use in content matter classes taught through a foreign language.

The full version of the handbook is available online in English at and is free of charge. Abbreviated versions are also available for dissemination at this link in German, Romanian, and Spanish.

JACET Kanto Chapter Annual Conference 2016 – Exploring the Potential of CLIL beyond Europe

This year’s Annual Conference of the Japan Association of College English Teachers (JACET, Kanto Chapter) will take place on 3 July, 2016. It focusses on the theme of CLIL beyond Europe.

The programme includes a plenary by Dr Margaret Gearon (Melbourne Graduate School of Education), and a special symposium organised and chaired by Professor Sasajima Shigeru (Toyo Eiwa University) on ‘Cases of CLIL implementation in non-European contexts’. There will be CLIL ReN input from Dr Russell Cross (MGSE) as discussant. Other CLIL ReN members in Japan and the Asia-Pacific area are warmly encouraged to attend to engage with the themes being discussed or submit abstracts for consideration. Presentations can be in English or Japanese.

For more information on the conference, registration, or general abstract submission, please click here.

To submit abstracts for consideration in the conference, please contact Sasajima Shigeru at

The Sixth International Conference on Immersion & Dual Language Education

The Sixth International Conference on Immersion & Dual Language Education: Connecting Research and Practice Across Contexts, will be held in Minneapolis, MN, USA on October 20-22, 2016. More information, including info about the call for proposals (deadline 1st of February), can be found in the flyer, or on the website of the Centre of Advanced Research on Language Acquisition of the University of Minnesota.

We would like to thank Roy Lyster for noticing us about the conference.


LED 2015 CLIL Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand

CLIL: Teacher and Teaching Experiences in Global Contexts

A number of CLIL ReN members will be presenting a symposium on the application of CLIL across different global context chaired by Simone Smala (University of Queensland) at the 4th International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED 2015) in Auckland, New Zealand, 23-26 November, 2015. The session features papers by Simone Smala, Diane J. Tedick (University of Minnesota), Ylva Sandberg (Stockholm University), Yolanda Ruiz de Zarobe (University of the Basque Country), Victoria Zenotz (Public University of Navarre), Liss Kerstin Sylvén (University of Gothenburg), Amy S. Thompson (University of South Florida), with Russell Cross (Melbourne Graduate School of Education) as discussant.

Please see for registration details and more information.

Simone Smala, symposium chair/coordinator

Russell Cross, co-coordinator of the AILA CLIL Research Network

European playingCLIL Conference

The project playingCLIL//is supported by the European Commission within the /Lifelong Learning Programme/ – KA 2 Languages (2014-15). The project consortium consists of six partners from four countries (Germany, Romania, Spain, and the United Kingdom) working in a variety of educational contexts (formal and informal education and higher education).

* The project aims at developing a teaching method for Content-and-Language-Integrated Learning (CLIL) which is based on the principles of drama pedagogy using drama games as default settings for classroom activities.* The project targets CLIL teacher and teacher educators at universities and teacher training colleges alike. Read more…

CLIL Methodology for Teachers in Higher Education

7 – 11 July 2014

A CLIL (content and language integrated learning) methodology course for teachers and lecturers working through English in higher education (HE). The course is for people who would like to improve their CLIL methodology skills. Participants will develop and improve their understanding, expertise and skills related to CLIL in higher education. See also this flyer.

In higher education around the world today there are increasing numbers of teachers and lecturers who are expected to teach their subject through the medium of English. For students and teachers for whom English is an additional language this raises a range of important issues. CLIL (content and language integrated learning) methodology can provide the necessary tools that higher education teachers and lecturers need to guide understanding and support the learning of their students. This course is for teachers and lecturers in any subject teaching through English in higher education. Click here to read more »

Call for papers CLIL ReN Symposium in Seville, April 2014

Dear CLIL ReN members,

Thanks to an invitation from the organisers of the AESLA conference 2014 (see ), the AILA CLIL Research Network will organise a symposium in Seville, Spain in April 2014. The symposium will start on Fri, April 4 (afternoon) with a Round Table Discussion on “CLIL and Social Change”, organised in collaboration with the AESLA conference. Click here to read more »