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CLIL – 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 multilingualismto 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.

27. – 29. February 2020

University College of Education of Upper-Austria

Linz, Austria

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Organising committee:

  • Bärnthaler Andreas –
  • Demmig Silvia – PH-OÖ –
  • Döll Marion – PH-OÖ –
  • Gierlinger Erwin M. – PH-OÖ  –