19 - 21 April 2012
Utrecht, the Netherlands
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CLIL 2012: From practice to visions brings together CLIL teachers, researchers and teacher educators to share knowledge, insights and experiences. The conference is the follow-up to the 2010 Eichstätt Conference: In pursuit of excellence.
CLIL 2012 is hosted by the University of Utrecht. The conference is organised by the European Platform, the Dutch Network of Bilingual Schools, the CLIL Cascade Network and a consortium of Dutch CLIL experts from the Centre of Teaching and Learning (Utrecht University) ICLON (Leiden University), and the Universities of Applied Sciences of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Arnhem & Nijmegen.
Every delegate will experience CLIL in action during exclusive school visits. On day 2 of the conference, the conference delegates will travel to secondary and primary CLIL schools. The aim of the visits is two-fold: international CLIL experts will obtain an in-depth look into one country's CLIL practice, and at the same time CLIL schools will benefit from feedback from international visitors.
Guiding Themes, Focusing Perspectives
The conference will be organised around four general CLIL themes: Learning, Teaching Skills, Teacher education and Leadership. Delegates may follow workshops that fall into one particular theme, or create an individual mix.
Each day of the conference has its own perspective: Day 1 is dedicated to Looking at CLIL - in which different perspectives on CLIL are highlighted. There will also be four introductory sessions - sub-plenaries. In these sessions, CLIL experts will highlight relevant areas for observation and reflection, as preparation for the observations at schools on the following day.
Day 2 is dedicated to the school visits and bringing CLIL into practice. Each delegate will choose one of the four angles for the school visit - a filter as it were - which will then be discussed in feedback sessions with other delegates who have visited different schools, in the CLIL coffee shops.
Day 3 looks at Future Directions, and gathers the experiences from the conference together, in order to formulate new challenges and responsibilities for CLIL.