30 November 2020

International Workshop on Content and Language Integrated Learning

Event in the context of 4EU+ activities – researchers develop programmes for CLIL environments

In order to internationalise Heidelberg teaching content, the heiCLIL group of the Central Language Laboratory (ZSL) at Heidelberg University held an online workshop. CLIL stands for “Content and Language Integrated Learning” and is a two-year pilot project supported by the Rectorate of Heidelberg University and coordinated by the ZSL. It means that students can take courses linked to their degree programmes and learn a foreign language while dealing with subject-related content at the same time. It is led by Prof. Dr Francisco Moreno-Fernández, director of the Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies (HCIAS). The event “CLIL in Research and University Teaching” was part of the activities of the 4EU+ European University Alliance and was held online from 19 to 21 October 2020.

Participating in the workshop were professors, young researchers, doctoral candidates and master’s students from a total of five 4EU+ partner universities – Heidelberg University, Charles University in Prague, University of Copenhagen, University of Milan and University of Warsaw. Interested listeners from India, Chile and Colombia also attended. The international and interdisciplinary make-up of the group guaranteed a high-level of discussion and knowledge transfer. Besides Prof. Moreno-Fernández, who gave the opening address, Heidelberg University was represented by Dr Inés Recio from the Heidelberg Center Latin America, who is a member of the Discourse Particles and Cognition (DPKog) research group. She gave a keynote presentation and the heiCLIL research group contributed short talks.

The objective of the workshop was to promote the CLIL approach in research and university teaching, and to boost strategic networks. Specifically, the participants joined in developing innovative CLIL courses at university level, shared best practices and consolidated lines of research. In a round table discussion they also addressed the challenges to digital CLIL teaching that have arisen due to the coronavirus pandemic and proposed possible solutions. The heiCLIL group based at Heidelberg University’s Central Language Laboratory brings together researchers from the fields of foreign language didactics and experimental linguistics.