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LECTURE: Tom Morton on Teacher cognition

Módulo VI-bis – 312
Thursday, 19 February 2015, 17:00-18:30

Teacher reflection, classroom interaction and communicative repertoires in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) classrooms: The use of video recall activities as a tool for professional development

Thomas Morton
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

This session explores the relationships between CLIL teachers’ knowledge, their classroom interactional practices and the creation of opportunities for their learners to both learn content knowledge and expand their plurilingual communicative repertoires. Using the recent ‘multiplicities’ framework which sees L2 acquisition as the expansion of communicative repertoires (Nicholas and Starks 2014), we examine some examples of interaction in CLIL classrooms (using an applied conversation analysis methodology) along with teacher reflection on selected episodes elicited in video recall sessions. The purpose was to enable teacher reflection on how their CLIL classrooms can be environments which enable or hinder opportunities for language and content learning. The analyses of the extracts and the video recall protocols are used to propose three main arguments: (1) Teachers of content subjects using a CLIL approach need to have a metalinguistic and metacognitive awareness of the purposes, activities, language varieties and modes of communication in teaching their subjects in order to make interactional decisions that create language and content learning opportunities. (2) Video-based recall activities are a powerful tool for teacher development in CLIL contexts, as they allow for dialogue and reflection around specific episodes of classroom practice (Lefstein and Snell 2014; Morton 2012). (3) Multimodal conversation analysis is an extremely powerful methodological tool for providing fine-grained depictions of classroom practices which can enable both analysts and practitioners to gain a greater understanding of how interaction in CLIL classrooms can foster (or impede) opportunities for learning content and expanding plurilingual communicative repertoires.

The lecture is organized within the 4th Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Research Seminar.