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PRESENTATIONS

2018

Somers, T. (2018).  ‘Content and Language Integrated Learning. A new direction for the present and future of  Welsh language teaching?’ The Welsh Language in English-medium Education Symposium. Gregynog Hall, Newtown, Wales, UK. 29.06.2018. [invited keynote speaker]

Somers, T. (2018).  ‘The sign’s the thing wherein to catch our grasp of anything: Towards a unified theory of content and language integration’. III Jornadas UAM-SCIC de Jóvenes Investigadores en Filosofía y Ciencias del Lenguaje. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain. 31.05.2018.

Somers, T. (2018). ‘Integrating approaches/methods in content and language integration’. AESLA 2018. Universidad de Cádiz, Cádiz, Spain. 21.04.2018.


2017

Somers, T. (2017). ‘Ecological validity in researching CLIL classroom discourse and language learning’. UPCEL II. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain. 22.09.2017.

Somers, T. & Llinares, A. (2017). ‘CLIL students’ motivation towards learning academic subjects in English’. 18th AILA World Congress of Applied Linguistics. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 23-28.07.2017.

Somers, T. (2017). ‘CLIL and SLA: strange bedfellows’. II Jornadas UAM-CSIC de Jóvenes Investigadores en Filosofía y Ciencias del Lenguaje. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain. 02.06.2017.

Somers, T. (2017). ‘Student voices in CLIL: a study of imagined identities in the transition from primary to secondary education’. XXXV Congreso Internacional AESLA. Universidad de Jaén, Jaén, Spain. 04.05.2017. (with Elisa Hidalgo).


2016

Somers, T. (2016). ‘Reconceptualizing the structures underlying academic language learning in CLIL classrooms. Sixth International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA. 21.10.2016.

Somers, T. (2016). ‘The development of academic language proficiency in the CLIL classroom.’ International Conference on Bilingualism in Education. Bangor University, Bangor, UK. 10.06.2016.

Somers, T. (2016). ‘Do immigrant minority students succeed in CLIL? A research overview.’ International Conference on Bilingualism in Education. Bangor University, Bangor, UK. 11.06.2016.

Somers, T., Fernández, M., Hidalgo, E., Llinares, A. (2016). ‘Streaming into low-and high-immersion tracks in bilingual secondary schools in Madrid: students’ perspectives.’ International Conference on Bilingualism in Education. Bangor University, Bangor, UK. 12.06.2016.

Somers, T. & Llinares, A. (2014). ‘The transition from primary to secondary in bilingual education: students’ motivation towards learning subjects through English.’ XXXIV Congreso Internacional AESLA. Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, Spain. 15.04.2016.


2015

Somers, T. (2015). ‘Developing Academic Language Proficiency in the CLIL Classroom – a Usage-Based Perspective.’ XXXIII Congreso Internacional AESLA. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain. 17.04.2015.

Somers, T. (2015). ‘Immigrant minority students’ success in CLIL: pedagogical and policy perspectives.’ INCLUDE International Conference “Addressing Social Inclusion through Language Learning”. INCLUDE Network, Pamplona. 22.01.2015.


2014

Somers, T. (2014). ‘The culture of discourse in CLIL classrooms.’ International Conference on Sociocultural Competence & Language Learning In Multilingual Settings. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium. 18-19.09.2014.

Somers, T., Llinares, A. & Morton, T. (2014). ‘The development of academic language proficiency in the CLIL classroom.’ Sociolinguistics Symposium 20. University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland. 17.06.2014.

Somers, T. (2014). ‘A content approach to CLIL.’ AILA CLIL ReN Symposium. “Beyond CLIL: The impact of CLIL on non-CLIL teaching and learning”. Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla. 05.04.2014.

Somers, T. & Evnitskaya, N. (2014). ‘CLIL opens doors, but who opens the doors to CLIL?’ XXXII Congreso Internacional AESLA ‐ Lingüística aplicada: Industrias de la lengua y cambio social. Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla. 03.04.2014.


2013

Somers, T. (2013). ‘Perspectives on multilingualism and education among parents from different language backgrounds in Brussels: transcending the language conflict.’ Políticas Lingüísticas en democracias multilingües: ¿es evitable el conflicto? Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla. 13.12.2013.

Somers, T. (2013). ‘Dealing with New Multilingualism in CLIL: Immigrant Minority Students in Majority Multilingual Education.’ Applied Linguistics Perspectives on Content and Language Integrated Learning (ALP-CLIL). Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid. 06.06.2013.

Somers, T., Struys, E., Surmont, J. & Van De Craen, P. (2013). ‘CLIL as a pathway to additive language learning across language backgrounds.’ CLIL2013 – Modernizing Educational Practice. Perspectives in Content and Language Integrated Learning. University of Silesia, Ustron (Poland). 04.04.2013.

Somers, T., Struys, E., Surmont, J. & Van De Craen, P. (2013). ‘Attitudes towards multilingualism and multilingual education among parents from different language backgrounds in Brussels.’ International Conference on Urban Multilingualism & Education. Ghent University, Ghent. 08.03.2013.

Surmont Jill, Somers, T., Struys, E. & Van De Craen, P. (2013). ‘CLIL: Where language learning and mathematics come together.’ International Conference on Urban Multilingualism & Education. Ghent University, Ghent. 08.03.2013.

Struys Esli, Somers, T., Surmont, J. & Van De Craen, P. (2013). ‘Multilingual children’s brains process cognitive conflict differently than monolinguals: an fMRI study.’ International Conference on Urban Multilingualism & Education. Ghent University, Ghent. 08.03.2013.

Veron Kristiaan, Somers, T., Struys, E., Surmont, J. & Van De Craen, P. (2013). ‘Learning to write in CLIL-education: which language should come first?’ International Conference on Urban Multilingualism & Education. Ghent University, Ghent. 08.03.2013.

Van De Craen Pierre, Somers, T., Struys, E., Surmont, J. & Kristiaan, V. (2013). ‘Language and Content Integrated Learning, educational change and learning.’ International Conference on Urban Multilingualism & Education. Ghent University, Ghent, 08.03.2013.


2012

Somers, T., Van Biesen, L., Struys, E. & Mohades, G. (2012). ‘A neural basis for the effect of bilingual language control on cognitive control.’ International Conference of Experimental Linguistics ExLing 2012. University of Athens, Athene. 29.08.2012.

Somers, T., De Mesmaecker, E., Lochtman, K., Van de Craen, P. ‘Valorizing language learning opportunities through heterogeneity.’ Multilingualism – chance and challenge. Fourth international conference on challenges and opportunities of multilingualism in the fields of school and teacher training. University of Luxembourg, Luxemburg. 21.06.2012.

Struys, E., Mohades, G. & Somers, T. (2012). ‘Reassessing the role of sociolinguistic variables in neuroimaging studies of multilingualism.’ Sociolinguistics Symposium 19. Freie Universität Berlin, Berlijn. 21-24.08.2012.

Somers, T., Magis, E. & Van de Craen, P. ‘Brussels: a portrait of the multilingual capital of Europe.’ Sociolinguistics Symposium 19. Freie Universität Berlin, Berlijn. 21-24.08.2012.

Struys, E., Mohades, G. & Somers, T. & Kepinska, O. (2012). ‘Cognitive processing in multilinguals explained by individual variability in language switching ability.’ International Conference on Bilingualism and Comparative Linguistics. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin. 15.05.2012.

Somers, T. & Struys, E. (2012). ‘Taal tot de derde macht.’ Diversiteit is de norm. Symposium in het kader van het VELOV & VELON congres 2012. Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerpen. 07.02.2012.


2011

Lochtman, K. & Somers, T. (2011). ‘From Brussels with CLIL.’ Langscape meeting at the Langscape CLIL Conference 2011: CLIL: Complementing or Compromising Foreign Language Teaching? Effects and Perspectives of Education Policy Plans. Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt a.M. 18.02.2011.

Somers, T. (2011). ‘Immersie en CLIL: meer verschillen dan overeenkomsten?’ WOT Journal Club. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel. 14.05.2011.

Somers, T. (2011). ‘Meer taligheid in de les: de monoculturele code doorbreken.’ Studiedag NOvELLe: Oriëntatie op divers talent in de lerarenopleiding. UHasselt, Hasselt. 18.05.2011.

Van de Craen, P. & Somers, T. (2011). ‘Hoe gaat ons brein om met taal?’ Herfstkamp. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel. 03.11.2011.