LINGUIST List 32.1185

Fri Apr 02 2021

Confs: Cog Sci, Gen Ling, Lang Acq/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 01-Apr-2021
From: Jennifer Hill <>
Subject: Shaping the Future with iCLIL - David Marsh (Finland)
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Shaping the Future with iCLIL - David Marsh (Finland)

Date: 14-May-2021 - 14-May-2021
Location: Zoom, Finland
Contact: Jennifer Hill
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

The scientific evidence-base on languages, mind and brain has expanded in the last decade. New research is of importance for English language teaching and CLIL. This presentation describes how this research continues to strengthen the position of CLIL as a signature pedagogy, and how future trends are focusing on creative forms of integrating language and content.

The research reveals that people who use more than one language have enhanced cognitive functioning when compared to monolinguals. It reveals six significant advantage clusters for people who can think, to a greater or lesser extent, in more than one language. It indicates why successful language learning depends on educational practices that combine opportunities to learn language as a subject, and to learn content through the language. It also further strengthens the argument that learning a language solely as an object of study can no longer be justified in mainstream education.

Benefits are reported even when a learner starts to use an additional language for thinking and learning. These benefits may be physiological, neurological, and psychological. They are significant in understanding the relationship between fluid and crystallized intelligence, and systems thinking which is an essential capacity for developing global competences.
The implications for arguing that bilingual education, even small-scale, is superior to monolingual education are strong, persuasive, and increasingly supported by science. Opportunities for realizing advantages are now surfacing in leading edge schools through curricular integration such as the combination of Phenomenon-based Learning & CLIL and learning through purpose-designed multimedia CLIL AR/VR resources.

This talk will be the Keynote at the Sixth Symposium on CLIL in the Adige Valley. Please REGISTER for the event by Friday, 7 May 2021 using the following link: Instructions on how to join the event will be sent to participants by email several hours prior to the event.

David Marsh PhD FRSA has contributed to Finnish educational innovation over three decades. He has experience of tasks in in 50+ countries, contributed to 175 publications, and received 5 degrees from the United Kingdom, Finland and Spain. He co-launched Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) under the auspices of the European Commission in the early 1990s. In 2020 he co-produced The Bilingual Advantage: The Impact of Language Learning on Mind and Brain. During 2021 he is developing competence-based English language learning resources that combine CLIL with transversals across the curriculum. These are being used to raise English language learning standards in historically low-attainment contexts. His current work-in-progress is The Children of Cyberspace: Towards a New Understanding, due for publication in 2022.

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