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CLIL strategies and their place in the university teaching contexts in Canada

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is an educational approach used in English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) contexts around the world. In English speaking countries, with universities and higher education aiming at internationalization, there are more students and instructors in almost every department who are English as an additional language speakers. The question is: “Is there a place for CLIL strategies in EAP classes and also in a mainstream university contexts where English is the first language?” If you are teaching a group of international students, or are an international instructor teaching your academic content in English, you might be thinking how effectively can I make the connection between the content I am teaching and English language, or is English language a challenge to understanding and delivering content for international teachers and students alike?

This 90-minute workshop will help you explore responses to these questions. You will participate in discussion and activities on how CLIL principles including theory and strategies can assist you in understanding your international contexts’ needs and add the ingredient of effectiveness to your teaching.


  • As an ESL/EAP educator, Ayesha Mushtaq has been involved in teaching, assessment and curriculum development for the past thirteen years. She has piloted university courses at St Mary’s University and Dalhousie University. Her major interests are curriculum development, political linguistics and nationalism in education.
  • Shazia Nawaz Awan teaches EAP at Dalhousie University, Halifax. She has quite recently completed her doctoral research with the University of Exeter, UK. The main focus of her research was the role of ELTs’ continuous professional development for a multicultural classroom.
  • Both Ayesha Mushtaq and Shazia Nawaz Awan have recently developed a professional development certificate program, Professional Development Certificate in English-Medium Instruction (PDCEMI), at the College of Continuing Education, Dalhousie University. 

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Killam Library, Room B400    




Michelle Soucy
Communications and Event Planning Officer
Centre for Learning and Teaching
Dalhousie University
Killam Library, Suite G90
Tel: (902) 494-6641
Email: Michelle.Soucy@dal.ca