Happy New Year to all the practitioners, researchers, teachers and students who read our blog! We wish you all the best for the New Year of 2012!
The New Year already looks very promising for CLIL. There the CLIL2012 conference, held in Utrecht, Holland on 19-21st of April 2012. Following is the description from the website:
CLIL 2012: From practice to visions brings together CLIL teachers, researchers and teacher educators to share knowledge, insights and experiences. The conference is the follow-up to the 2010 Eichstätt Conference: In pursuit of excellence.
There is also the second in the series of CLIL books published by our very own Sophia University Press. The first book is one of the best selling in the history of Sophia University Press’s and the top selling Japanese CLIL book in Japan.
The next instalment will take a more practical approach, whereas the first book dealt primarily with theory. The book will present some case studies which explain the CLIL courses being run at Sophia as part of the Academic English Program. We will keep you posted about the release of the book and the contents as and when they are announced.
Other things which you are sure to be excited about might include the European Commision (Languages) stating on its site that “Owing to its effectiveness and ability to motivate learners, CLIL is identified as a priority area in the Action plan for Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity.” The growing interest in CLIL not only in Europe but also worldwide, such as here in Japan, will certainly mean there is an exponential growth in conferences, workshops and publications. Please keep checking back here for more news and information as the year progresses.
Happy New Year!