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pic w2Title of the workshop: 

An Introduction to CLIL: Helping teachers understand what it is and what it is not

Short description: 

The rapid expansion of interest in CLIL, whether by government mandate or by personal motivation to teach through a foreign language, has led to a great deal of misunderstanding about the outcomes of learning content and language simultaneously. This workshop aims to clearly define how a CLIL approach promotes intercultural communicative competence and greater flexibility in learning through this student-centered approach.

Language of instruction:


Learning outcomes:

Participants will be able to…

  • Select appropriate scaffolding activities
  • Discuss learner styles and how to match them with terminology-related tools
  • Apply notions related to student-centered learning
  • Distinguish moments for developing intercultural communicative competence

The evaluating will be left to the participants who we hope will be motivated to create their own CLIL modules or even help to train fellow teachers for using a CLIL approach.

Short biographical note:

  1. Educational profile

PhD in Applied Linguistic and Letters on Insights from Interlanguage  as Revealed in Writing: Toward the development of metalinguistic competences for Portuguese adult learners of English, Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal

M.A. in Applied Linguistics, University of California, Davis, USA

B.A. in French  and in Contemporary International Relations, University of California, Berkeley, USA

  1. Country / Institution

Instituto Politécnico da Guarda, Portugal

  1. Professional interests

language learning and teaching practice, CLILing, language policy, interculturality, divergent thinking, interdisciplinarity, and metacognition

María’s PhD (2011) on metalinguistics, writing and constructive error perception commemorated 20 years in Europe. Her undergrad work in French and Contemporary International Relations (UC Berkeley 1984-88) included an honor's thesis on immigrant language education in the California Community Colleges while her Master's in Applied Linguistics (UC Davis 1989-1991) was based on further work with the California Department of Education. Teaching at UC Davis, in Madrid, and Oporto preceded her current work at the School of Technology and Management at the Polytechnic Instituto of Guarda.She has presided over Aprolínguas (2004-2014) and currently the Network Association of Language Centers in Portuguese HE (, 2009-present). An expert consultant for the DAAD in Germany on HE (2015-2018), she also participates on the coordinating council of the European Association of Language Centers in HE (CercleS, 2010-present). Publications in language learning and teaching practice, CLILing, language policy, interculturality, divergent thinking, interdisciplinarity, and metacognition.