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Tuula Asikainen

Tuula is a highly experienced professional development facilitator in teaching content through the medium of English. She has worked as a teacher in primary, secondary, upper secondary and vocational education, and has three years’ experience as a school principal.

Tuula has worked as a teacher trainer in and organiser of CLIL courses, programmes and seminars for over 20 years. She has coordinated and taught dozens of CLIL teacher professional development courses across Europe. She has also been involved in a number of national and international CLIL projects, including the CLIL Cascade Network (CCN). CCN involved 21 partner institutions from 14 countries. The network was dedicated to encouraging the use of CLIL in teaching and learning at all levels of education. The project was financed by the European Union from 2007 to 2010.

From 2012–2014, Tuula was based in the United Arab Emirates working for the Abu Dhabi Education Council (2012–2014). Her work there included facilitation of academic reading and writing development for teacher professional development and MA programmes. She has also evaluated projects for the European Commission.


Tuula has received a Presidential award in Finland for her work on the internationalisation of education. Tuula’s main interests include CLIL teacher competence building and curriculum, materials development in bilingual and multilingual contexts, and the role of new technologies in education

Dr Peeter Mehisto

University College London Institute of Education UK

Peeter Mehisto specialises in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). He has worked primarily in Europe and Asia with a wide variety of stakeholders to support the development and management of CLIL programmes, at the primary, secondary and university levels. Peeter Mehisto also has extensive experience developing and delivering professional development for teachers, and other CLIL stakeholders in countries as diverse as Brazil, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, South Korea and Vietnam. This has included one-on- one mentoring in CLIL classrooms.

Peeter Mehisto has taught at the primary, secondary and university levels. He has researched factors contributing to successful bilingual programme development, as well as potential barriers to their implementation. Peeter has conducted several evaluations of CLIL and bilingual programmes including one at the university level.


He has won several awards for his work. He is the lead author of the awarding-winning book Uncovering CLIL: Content and Language Integrated Learning in Bilingual and Multilingual Education (Macmillan). More recently he has written Excellence is Bilingual Education: A guide for school principals (Cambridge University Press). His latest book, which is a co-publication, is called Building Bilingual Education Systems: Forces, mechanisms and counterweights (Cambridge University Press). He is currently co-authoring a new book for Cambridge University Press entitled CLIL Essentials for Secondary School Teachers.

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