November 10, Faculty of Education and Humanities of SDU organized International Conference “Practical Approaches to Teaching Content Through CLIL” in cooperation with University of Jyväskylä (Finland), Kazakh National University, The Center for Multilingual Education, Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools and Central Asian Education Programme OSCE HCNM. Main Plenary Speaker was Professor David Marsh from University of Jyväskylä, Finland. The term CLIL was coined by him in 1994. Other plenary speakers were Ms. Giulnaz Sairova and Dr. Marina Glushkova from Central Asian Education Programme of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) based in Bishkek in Kyrgystan as well as Mr. Sagynysh Duisenov, vice-principal of the Nazarbayev Intellectual School in Almaty.
The goal of the conference was to bring together English language specialists and subject teachers who use English as a medium for teaching their curriculum subject and to provide a forum for an exchange of ideas and learning relevant to schools and universities where teaching subjects through the medium of English is already being delivered. Discussions were around the aims and rationale of a CLIL approach and knowledge of CLIL from a teaching perspective. The focus was on teachers’ awareness of learning demands (content, language, communication, cognition) and support strategies for learners in CLIL programmes. By the end conference, conference chairman professor Azamat Akbarov delivered appreciation letters to all delegates.