NAFOL profile: Karina Rose Mahan

To use or not to use CLIL? A bird’s-eye view of Content and Language Integrated Learning in Norway: Teaching practices and student development in secondary school.

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My PhD project aims to describe how CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) is taught in Norway when English is the target language. I also wish to examine student attitudes and how they develop throughout the course of a year within the CLIL methodology. This will be carried out by classroom observation, teacher interviews, questionnaires distributed to the students and written texts that the students produce. There is little research conducted on the CLIL methodology in Norway. My project will therefore hopefully indicate if this methodology is a potential way of improving English skills in Norwegian schools in the future. I am in the early stages of my project, and plan to conduct a pilot study during the spring of 2016.

I am employed as a PhD candidate at the Department of Languages and Literature Studies at the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN). I teach primarily English didactics in the teacher education programs, but also teach some of the courses in the English Bachelor’s program. I have a Master’s degree in English language from the University of Oslo, and I taught English and Norwegian as foreign languages for five years at a private company. I am preoccupied with immersion programs since I have attended several programs myself with positive results: I was in a Norwegian immersion program for immigrant children, a CLIL science class, the International Baccalaureate and a year-long French immersion program at Université de Caen.

I enjoy researching, and could imagine continuing doing this in the future. Being a member of NAFOL is an honor, and I hope to gain as much as knowledge and as many good memories as my colleagues at USN have.