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Thomas Somers


I received my BA and MA in Dutch and English linguistics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), with a specialization in sociolinguistics, Germanic philology, and language acquisition. I also obtained an MA in Applied Linguistics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Before starting a PhD at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, I was involved in a number of projects at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. From 2009 to 2011, I was a research assistant in a project centred around language-sensitive teaching and language-in-education policy at the teacher education department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. From 2011 to 2014, I was affiliated as a researcher with the Centre for Linguistics (CLIN) at the VUB, working on two projects related to Content and Language Integrated Learning, and English-medium instruction in higher education. During this period, I also taught English for academic and general communicative purposes at different levels of proficiency (A2-C1).

I currently live in Madrid where I work together with Ana Llinares and Rachel Whittaker who head up the UAM-CLIL research group at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. My doctoral research focusses on the interplay between classroom discourse, motivation, and content/language learning.

My research interests in a broader sense are situated in the domains of language acquisition, language learning and teaching, multilingualism, and multilingual education, with a special interest for Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).

For my full curriculum vitae, click here.