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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

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