Number one for English language teachers

The 2009 CLIL Debate Panel

CLIL specialists from all over the world join the 2009 CLIL Debate. Meet them here.

Hugo Baetens Beardsmore

Hugo Baetens-Beardsmore is Emeritus Professor of English and Bilingualism at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and of the Sociology of Language at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is also a member of the Belgian Académie Royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer. He has worked as an expert consultant on issues connected with bilingualism, bilingual education and language planning for the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the Singapore, Hong Kong and Brunei ministries of education, as well as the Basque, Catalan, State of California and Canadian government authorities. For the Council of Europe he has worked as an expert on the Language Education Policy Profiles for the Irish Republic and the Val d'Aoste Region of Italy. Most of his publications cover linguistic, educational, sociolinguistic and sociological questions connected with bilingualism.

David Graddol

David Graddol is a British applied linguist, well known as a writer, broadcaster, researcher and consultant on issues relating to global English. He is the Managing Director of the English Company (UK) Ltd and Managing Editor of linguistic books and journals for Equinox Publishing. He researched and wrote the seminal report The Future of English? (1997) and English Next (2006) for the British Council.

Sue Hughes






Sue Hughes is Primary Programme Leader for post-graduate teacher education at the University of the West of England. She has significant experience and expertise in both the teaching of languages and literacy including English as an additional language. In 2007, she established a professional learning community to develop CLIL in primary contexts. She was instrumental in the inception of a national network for CLIL. Now a member of the co-ordinating group for this government funded network she is collaborating with colleagues in universities, local authorities and schools across the country to investigate the potential for CLIL in primary and secondary contexts. Sue is a member of the Steering Group for CCN (Europe).

David Marsh

David Marsh has worked on multilingualism & bilingual education since the 1980s. He was part of the team which conducted groundwork leading to the launch of the term CLIL in 1994. In 2002, he coordinated production of CLIL - The European Dimension: Actions, Trends and Foresight Potential. This was used in the compilation of the 2004-2006 EC Action Plan: Promoting Language Learning & Linguistic Diversity. Born in Australia, educated in the UK and now based in Finland, he has extensive experience of teacher development, capacity-building, research and consultancy in a range of different countries in Africa, Europe and Asia. In 2004 he produced Special Educational Needs in Europe - The Teaching and Learning of Languages: Insights & Innovation for the European Commission. From 2005-2008 he has managed various international research and development assignments on languages education and curricular development, and co-authored Uncovering CLIL (Macmillan).  During 2009, he is coordinating an international research team (on behalf of the European Commission) which examines the evidence of links between multilingualism and creativity.

Peeter Mehisto

Peeter Mehisto has worked as a CLIL teacher, an author, trainer of teachers and administrator, as well as a CLIL programme initiator. He has worked with Canadian, Finnish and other international partners and local stakeholders to establish a highly acclaimed national CLIL programme in Estonia. He has also managed CLIL programmes in Canada, and consulted on CLIL programming in South-east Asia, and in several Western and Eastern European countries. Peeter Mehisto has also researched factors contributing to successful CLIL programme development, as well as potential barriers to the implementation of CLIL initiatives.

Mina Patel

Mina Patel is Managing Director of Ten Education Consultants in Malaysia. Until recently she was English Language Projects Manager at the British Council Malaysia where she managed a variety of projects including teaching and learning Maths and Science through English. She has a Masters in Applied Linguistics and her areas of interest are Continuous Professional Development for teachers and Humanistic Language Teaching and Learning. Previously Mina has worked for the British Council in Sri Lanka and for other organisations in Thailand, Greece and England.

Anne Maljers is currently the head of the branch office of the European Platform in The Hague. She is involved in national and European projects concerning CLIL and co-ordinates the national network of CLIL schools, as well as the European network for plurilingual education, EuroCLIC.

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