Reported by Chantal Hemmi

CLER Lectures on CLIL

14th of March, 2017 was a special day for Center for Language Education and Research instructors as well as participants from the English Studies and English Literature departments.  Professor Ana Llinares is an associate professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and teaches Applied Linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics and CLIL specific courses. We were delighted to be able to receive input directly from Professor Llinares who is a recognized professional in the area of research in CLIL; she linked theories, her own research in discourse analysis in CLIL and practice and inspired us in a special way. There were 21 participants altogether, and the sessions took place in a dialogic way, involving all participants to share their ideas and ask questions.

The talks offered were as follows:

  1. Systemic functional approaches to CLIL
  2. Integrating interaction in CLIL classrooms
  3. Student-centred activities

2017 Sophia Lectures on CLIL-Sophia Linguistic Institute for International Communication (SOLIFIC) event

On the 17th of March, 2017, Professor Llinares delivered two more workshops on the following content:

  1. Learning and teaching content and language in integration- application of systemic functional linguistics
  2. The roles of interaction in CLIL

There were around 40 participants present, and there was a dynamic exchange of ideas across the floor.  In the first session, Professor Llinares addressed the ‘characteristics of different school genres as well as the L2 resources that students need to express academic content’. In the second session, the roles of interaction in CLIL, Professor Llinares spoke about ‘features of classroom interaction that enhance content and language integration in the context of the classroom’.

To sum up, both the sessions for CLER and SOLIFIC were well received, and the participants were actively involved in discussing the content of Professor Llinares’ talks; some participants requested that they would like to learn further about the methodology of her studies in future.

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