Teacher perceptions of teaching CLIL courses

Nina Niemelä, Heidi Jauni

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    After various definitions and discussions about what CLIL / ICLHE is, there is a need to take a critical stance on the actual teaching practices teachers employ in (adjunct) CLIL classrooms in a higher education setting. We aim to contribute to a better understanding of teacher perceptions of teaching CLIL courses, which can lead to a better ability in identifying staff training needs. Based on a questionnaire and small-scale interview, we give the voice to the teachers to describe their current teaching from the ICLHE point of view. Through thematic analysis we focus on the areas the interviews show as in need of development. These are identified based on how the teachers describe their own teaching. The results report similarities, but also differences, between the responses to questionnaire items and interview answers on the same topics. There is a need for a deeper understanding of the pedagogical and didactic differences between CLIL teaching and subject-specific language teaching. The results show that these teachers would benefit from training focusing on the basic didactic practices of CLIL, and especially on the cognitive dimension in CLIL teaching. The results provide information from an adjunct CLIL context to researchers and serve as guide for future teacher development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIntegrating Content and Language in Higher Education
    Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives on Professional Practice. Selected Papers from the IV International Conference Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education 2015
    EditorsJennifer Valcke, Robert Wilkinson
    Place of PublicationFrankfurt
    PublisherPeter Lang
    ISBN (Print)978-3-631-68126-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Publication typeA3 Book chapter
    EventIntegrating Content and Language in Higher Education -
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


    ConferenceIntegrating Content and Language in Higher Education
    Period1/01/00 → …

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Arts and Humanities(all)


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