CLIL: Collaboration, Translanguaging and Local Practice

Speaker:Prof. John Adamson| Location:Plenary Hall| Date:August 12, 2016| Time:1:00 - 3:00 pm

john-adamsonProfessor John Adamson
Chief Editor – Asian EFL Journal
Managing Editor – English Language Education (ELE)



As Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) spreads in popularity along with English-medium Instruction (EMI), various challenges and opportunities emerge for local practitioners across Asian contexts. The “dual focus” (Coyle, Hood & Marsh, 2010, p. 1) on both content and language in English classes involves the integration of content materials, methods and assessment into language classes and can lead to higher levels of motivation and engagement among learners and teachers. However, the effectiveness of CLIL instruction needs to be seen through different lenses. The first lens is the positioning of the CLIL classes on the institutional curriculum and how language teachers collaborate with content specialists to form lessons which prepare students for future, or concurrent, EMI. The second lens is that of the role of language, particular the students’ L1 in CLIL instruction, and how it can be used with English through the practice of translanguaging to enhance learning and teaching effectiveness. Of final importance is the issue of language policy at national and institutional level and how teachers and students formulate a local, fluid set of classroom practices which afford them agency and, in turn, possibly increase motivation.


John Adamson is a Professor at the University of Niigata Prefecture in Japan. As Chief Editor of Asian EFL Journal and Managing Editor of its publishing group English Language Education (ELE), he is active in editorial work.  He received his Ed.D. from Leicester University in the U.K. focusing on a discourse analysis of interviews with Thai college students on their learning strategies. Currently he is interested in EAP/ESP provision at the university level, interdisciplinarity, and developing journal editorial systems. He is a co-editor of Innovating EFL Teaching in Asia (2011) and Exploring EFL Fluency in Asia  (2014) both by Palgrave Macmillan, and also co-editor (with Roger Nunn) of Accepting Alternative Voices in EFL Journal Articles (2009) andEditorial and Authorial Voices in EFL academic publishing (2012).

Category: Day 2, Plenary Speakers