Geography and CLIL: through English to understanding of the world – or through understanding of the world, English?

Most teachers of English are now familiar with the terms CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Instruction) or CBT (Content-Based Teaching). This session will argue for Geography as an ideal area for integrating language learning, content, and cultural competencies with teachers of students from the upper primary grades to the beginning of university in mind.

Why Geography? Because it sparks students’ curiosity in the world around them, as well as the world far away. Because Geography is inherently interdisciplinary, making it a great source of materials for demonstrating CBT/CLIL techniques. And because Geography makes for a colorful presentation!
Jen MacArthur is the Regional English Language Officer (RELO) based at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia and covering the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic (Czechia), Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedoni (FYROM), Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.img_3451
Jen previously served as the RELO in Islamabad and Mexico City. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State, Jen taught English as a Second Language and Social Studies in the United States at the primary and secondary levels; pre-service and in-service foreign language teacher education courses at the University of Bucharest, Romania and through the Romanian Ministry of Education; English for Specific Purposes and Communication courses at the University of Vaasa, Finland; and served as the Language Program Coordinator for the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians (Maine).

She has also taught evening adult education ESL/EFL courses and has facilitated numerous pre-service and in-service teacher education workshops on five continents. Jen studied European History and German at Bates College in Maine, and holds an M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and an M.Sc. in Public Policy and Planning in Developing Countries. Jen tries to keep up her foreign language skills in German, Swedish, and Spanish. Born in Scotland, Jen calls Maine home.

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