Working CLIL

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

Convener: Maria Ellison


Working CLIL

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is an educational approach which provides enriched, innovative educational experiences through the combined teaching of subject content with an additional language which enhances the learning of both and brings benefits to all involved. CLIL is practiced under many guises in various contexts across the world and is particularly prolific in Europe. This research strand recognises the recent growth of CLIL across school levels in Portugal (see Eurydice Report: Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe 2017) and English Medium Instruction (EMI) and Integrating Content and Language practices in Higher Education (ICLHE) all of which necessitate support/teacher education and examination of the phenomenon in order to provide for a stronger research base in the national context.

This strand acknowledges the concentration of CLIL researchers, practitioners and teacher educators within TEALS who are actively engaged in CLIL (through national, international/European projects; conference presentations; scientific production – training guides, chapter/article publications, and have qualifications within this area at PhD level).


  • to become a nationally- and internationally-recognised CLIL research group
  • to conduct evidence-based research and longitudinal studies across educational levels
  • to foster research and other partnerships between faculty and schools within and beyond the Portuguese national context in order to develop practitioner inquiry and teacher education practices
  • to develop a nationwide network of CLIL researchers
  • to develop/support a nationwide network of schools engaged in CLIL in Portugal
  • to provide support for CLIL across educational levels in Portugal (through teacher education programmes; conferences; external coordination of CLIL projects in schools including teacher observation; development of materials for CLIL)
  • to host and support other CLIL researchers through research stays at TEALS member institutions
  • to develop a JRAAS strand which incorporates CLIL

Outputs 2018 – 2021

*   launch of “Working CLIL” research group/support network at Working CLIL colloquium at Faculdade de Letras, Universidade do Porto. March 16th/17th, 2018

*   Working CLIL Colloquium 2018: a series of workshops and posters on Content and Language Integrated Learning.

International Seminar: CLIL for Primary, Secondary and Higher Education at Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco. April 21st, 2018

*   eTEALS: Special Edition CLIL 2018 (selected contributions from the Working CLIL colloquium)

*  development of a “Working CLIL” site to connect researchers/teachers, provide information about CLIL in Portugal, conferences, useful links – CLIL Network (

*   blended learning teacher education courses (for specific educational levels) involving CLIL practitioners

*   annual/biannual colloquium for Working CLIL (to rotate around TEALS members’ institutions)

*   produce state-of-the-art articles about: CLIL in schools in Portugal; CLIL/EMI in higher education in Portugal

*   produce teacher education guidelines and materials in collaboration with CLIL practitioners in schools and higher education institutions

*   develop proposal for funded project

*  Mooc for HE teachers