Working CLIL team

Working CLIL team members are from CETAPS member institutions and have an active interest in CLIL/bilingual education in Portugal at investigative, pedagogic and administrative levels. The geographical location of members in Portugal, which spans the country from north to south, is greatly advantageous to the mapping of the phenomenon as well as opportunities for regional focus groups, events and teacher education.

Working CLIL welcomes colleagues from a broad range of institutions and organisations to collaborate on its specific initiatives. These may be short or long term initiatives. Such collaboration enables the creation of new synergies and broadens perspectives on key issues related to CLIL/bilingual education.

Álvaro Almeida Santos is the former headmaster of Escola Secundária Dr. Joaquim Gomes Ferreira Alves, Valadares, Vila Nova de Gaia. He was the first elected President of the Schools Council, an advisory body for the Ministry of Education, between 2007 and 2010. He has been a coopted member of the National Education Council, since 2014, and has been the author and coauthor of several reports and recommendations. He has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Management, and has written articles or been a speaker at conferences on school leadership, school autonomy, school evaluation, among others. He is a coauthor of the book “Escolas do Futuro – 130 boas práticas das escolas portuguesas”.

Ana Isabel Almeida  holds a master’s degree in Teaching English and French as Foreign Languages and a master’s degree in Anglo-American Studies both from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Porto. She is also an EFL teacher and a coursebook author/materials writer. She has produced multimodal CLIL materials for the Portuguese context.

Maria Altina Almeida graduated in Modern Languages and Literatures – English and German – from the University of Coimbra in 2001 and has been teaching English since then. She has always been inspired by innovative and different teaching approaches. Her interest in tourism led her to the Lisbon Hotel and Tourism School, where she has been teaching since 2005, also training staff at hotels through life-long learning programmes. In 2017 she finished a Master’s in Tourism and Communication and presented her dissertation on Content and Language Integrated Learning in Tourism Vocational Education and Training in Portugal, which was awarded with a top grade. Currently she is a lecturer at the Higher Institute of New Professions (INP) and the Hotel and Tourism School of Lisbon (EHTL), teaching Tourism and English for tourism and hospitality purposes.

Teresa Coelho is an associate professor at the School of Education and Social Sciences of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre (IPP), where she teaches English to Tourism and Journalism students. She was a coordinator of the Languages and Culture Centre (CLiC) of the Institute from 2010 to 2015. She was a trainee in the training project for Higher Education teachers for CLIL in HE Polytechnic Institutes and a member of the IPP evaluation team for the project Kiitos@21stcentury pre-schools, run by the Ponte de Sor Municipality in every pre-school classroom of Ponte de Sor’s school cluster.


Amélia de Jesus Marchão is an associate professor at the School of Education and Social Sciences of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre. She holds a Post-Doctorate in Education at the University of Salamanca, a Ph.D in Education Sciences, and a Master Degree in Supervision at the University of Aveiro. She also has training in Early Childhood Education. She is currently Coordinator of the Department of Education and Training of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre and Coordinator of the ‘Exploratório de Conhecimento e Cultura para a Infância’. She is a researcher at VALORIZA, Research Centre for the Valorisation of Endogenous Resources of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre. She has participated in several projects in the area of education and training of educators and teachers, namely Transnational Project Kiitos21st Century PreSchools.





Mónica Régio is a PhD candidate in Teacher Collaboration in Higher Education. She is a Lecturer of English at the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, Portugal. Five years ago she integrated a pilot RECLES (Higher Education Language Centres Association – Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) project. She has been part of a team at the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, where a CLIL methodology has been used and an adjunct CLIL model has been applied combining English for Specific Purposes and Industrial Engineering content topics. Her research focuses on CLIL, English Foreign Language Teaching and Intercultural Education. She was also part of the Incollab Erasmus+ Project.

Susana Esculcas holds a Degree in Education Sciences at the FPCE of the University of Coimbra. She is currently attending a Post-Graduation in Early Childhood Education at the Catholic University of Porto. She is the Coordinator of the Kiitos Bilingual Project and the Transnational Project “Kiitos@21stCenturyPreschools” among other projects for the Promotion of School Success. She is the Head of the Education, Youth and Sports Division of the Municipality of Ponte de Sor.

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