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APABAL is pleased to present the fourth issue of APABAL MAGAZINE.
In this fourth issue you will read articles about How to Explore Poetry, School Success, Books reviews, an interview with Dr. David Marsh, a multilingualism paradigm and much more …
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David Marsh has worked on multilingualism and bilingual education since the 1980s. He was part of the team which conducted groundwork leading to the launch of the term Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in 1994. In 2002, he coordinated production of CLIL – The European Dimension: Actions, Trends and Foresight Potential for the European Commission (DG EAC). This overview of the situation in Europe was used in the compilation of the 2004–2006 EC Action Plan: Promoting Language Learning & Linguistic Diversity. During 2008–2009 he coordinated an international research team (on behalf of the European Commission) examining the evidence available concerning the impact of multilingualism on the brain. He is currently acting as Strategic Director for CCN (Europe), and handles various educational development and research initiatives in the European Union and East Asia.
1. Can you tell us something about yourself?
I am based in Finland and for many years have been involved with educational transformation, particularly in additional language learning. This has involved assignments across the world, mainly in the European Union, Asia, Africa and more recently Latin America.
2. Finland frequently ranks very high in international evaluation studies, why is this?
This is mainly through a sustained drive to improve the aspirations of its citizens and society through strengthening its social, economy and political security, and doing this, partly, through ensuring quality inclusive education.
3. You are known internationally as an expert on educational integration particularly in relation to AICLE/CLIL. What is AICLE/CLIL?
CLIL is a dual-focused educational approach in which an additional language is used for the learning and teaching of both content and language. AICLE/CLIL describes the types of learning environments, that need to be created to make this type of education successful.
4. Where did the CLIL journey begin?
In the early 1990s Europe was attempting political integration, but additional language learning outcomes were far too poor. In fact, quite miserable, given the amount of time dedicated to language learning in the curriculum across K-12. The European Commission was looking for solutions. Finland was suffering an economic crisis that was a microcosm of the European Sovereign debt crisis which has now struck Spain. Finland needed to rapidly develop international life skills, and my CLIL journey was heavily related to this at the time.
Montserrat García has been teaching English for more than 20 years. She has also been a teacher trainer for the ICE at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the teacher association Rosa Sensat and the publisher Pearson Education. She has been advisor for the Conselleria d’Educació i Cultura of the Balearic Islands for two years and advisor on foreign languages at the CEP Jaume Cañellas of Palma.
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Due to the II APABAL Convention, the president of APABAL, Montserrat Garcia was interviewed by “El Faristol” on IB3 Radio.
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Due to the English Teaching Conference, the president of APABAL, Montserrat García and Macmillan Regional Representative Training, Toni Tudela were interviewed by Paideia, the education programme on IB3 Radio.
Days before, the president of APABAL, was also interviewed by La Persiana. Click on the players to listen.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR MAKING THE ENGLISH TEACHING CONFERENCE 2013 A GREAT SUCCESS, WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU!