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Home Journal Index 2022-4

Over Two Decades in CLIL: An Interview with Tarja Nikula on Current Practices, Trends, and Research Directions

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Huseyin Uysal
Knox College, USA


Abstract
Dr. Tarja Nikula is a professor at the Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. She received her PhD degree from this university in 1996. She has published widely in the field of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and has been involved in international research collaborations. She has co-edited the book Language Use and Language Learning in CLIL Classrooms, and recently the book entitled Conceptualising Integration in CLIL and Multilingual Education. Furthermore, she has co-edited a special issue with a focus on CLIL in Language Learning Journal. Her research interests include language learning and use, and disciplinary literacies in classroom practice. During a virtual interview on January 24, 2022, Dr. Huseyin Uysal chatted with her about her scholarship in CLIL. Dr. Nikula explained how she was involved in CLIL, and how it shaped her scholarship. Then, she shared her thoughts on CLIL implementation and on the future directions in CLIL research.


Keywords
Bilingual education, classroom discourse, content and language integrated learning, Finnish education, multilingualism in Europe