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We have three invited speaker sessions at ICLHE 2017:

Session: ICLHE: Transition from upper secondary to higher education

Lucilla Lopriore, Roma Tre University, Italy
Scaffolding continuity in language education. From CLIL to EMI: a way and ways

Lucilla Lopriore, associate professor, Roma Tre University. Ma TEFL, Reading University, UK; PhD Italian as a Foreign Language, Siena. Since 1988, a Teacher-educator in several pre- and in-service courses for language and CLIL teachers. Tesol Italy President (1996-1998), TESOL Intl. Board of Directors (2001-2004), TESOL Intl. Professional Research Council Member (2014-2017). Course-book writer (middle school, high school and vocational schools) her fields of interest are: ELF, Assessment, Early language learning, CLIL, EMI, Terminology.
Most recent publications: - Lopriore, L. 2016. ELF in teacher education. A way and ways. In L. Lopriore and E. Grazzi (eds.) Intercultural Communication. New Perspectives from ELF, 167-187,Roma TrE-Press; - “What Competencies and Approaches for Multilingual Contexts? Mediation and Intercultural Communication in the Language Classroom”. In: Nied M., Katelhön P., Basic I.. Sprachmittlung/ Mediation/. BERLIN:Frank und Timme Verlag fur wissenschaftliche Lite. – “ Investigating Learners' Development in Time”. In: Letica Krevelj S and Mijaljevic Djigunovic J (eds.), UZRT 2014 Empirical Studies in Applied Linguistics., ZAGREB:Sveučilište u Zagrebu Filozofski Fakultet FF

Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir, University of Iceland, Iceland
Transitioning EAL Students from EFL Classes to EMI Programs at The University of Iceland

Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir is Professor of Second Language Studies in the Department of Foreign Language, Literature and Linguistics at the University of Iceland. She is director of the research project, English as a Lingua Franca in Iceland: The Status of English in a Changing Linguistic Environment. The project  examined the rich daily exposure to English, the resultant acquisition of English by Icelanders from youth to adulthood, and the functions English serves in Icelandic society

Liss Kerstin Sylvén, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Are CLIL students at an advantage in the transition between secondary and tertiary education?

Liss Kerstin Sylvén, Associate Professor of Language Education, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, She obtained her PhD in English Linguistics, and her research interests are content and language integrated learning (CLIL), L2 vocabulary acquisition, language learning motivation, individual differences, and extramural English language learning. Her teaching focuses on in-service training of CLIL teachers, both at secondary and tertiary level. She has co-authored a book about extramural English (Palgrave Macmillan) and published in journals such as the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, the Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Education, Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, and ReCALL.

Session: ICLHE across contexts

Ofra Inbar-Lourie, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Crossing the EMI hurdle in multilingual societies: the Israeli perspective

Dr. Ofra Inbar-Lourie heads the Unit for Teacher Education at the School of Education at Tel-Aviv University. She lectures in the Multilingual Education department and the teacher education programs at Tel Aviv University on language policy issues, language assessment, curriculum design and language teachers. She is also involved in international and local language policy research issues, particularly in the use of English as a medium of instruction in higher education and the setting of local language policies. Her current research interests include language assessment literacy especially the collaboration between researchers and practitioners, and the use of English as a medium of instruction. She is the co-editor of two recently published books: "Challenges for language education and policy: Making space for people" (with Bernard Spolsky and Michal Tannenbaum), and "Issues in language teaching in Israel" (with Smadar Donitsa-Schmidt).

Zohreh Eslami, Texas A&M University, Qatar
English Medium Instruction in Qatari Independent Schools:  An Intervention to Improve Qatari Middle-Schoolers’ Strategies for Reading EFL Science Materials

Zohreh Eslami is a Professor at the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas AM University in College Station and currently serves as the Liberal Arts Program Chair at Texas A&M University at Qatar. Her research has examined intercultural and cross-cultural communication, English as an International language, English Medium Instruction in Qatar, sociocultural perspective of teaching, and acquisition of English as a second/foreign language. She has published in high impact journals such as Modern Language Journal, System, ELT, Bilingual Research Journal, Journal of Pragmatics, Intercultural Pragmatics Journal and TESOL Journal. Her publications include over one hundred journal papers, book chapters and conference proceedings.

Annette Bradford, Meiji University, Japan
ICLHE Across Contexts: Japan

Annette Bradford is an associate professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Meiji University in Tokyo, teaching courses focused on enhancing students’ international competencies. Previously, she held a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in Japan and taught at universities in Japan, the United States and Indonesia. Her research on the internationalization of higher education, particularly English-medium instruction, student exchange, and education policy can be found in publications such as the Journal of Studies in International Education and International Higher Education. She received her doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the George Washington University.

Session: ICLHE through the lens of content teachers

Cristina del Campo, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
The EMI challenge. A story from the Complutense University of Madrid

Dr. del Campo holds a Bachelor Degree on Maths, a M.Sc. on Statistics and Operational Research and a Ph.D. on Computer Science. Her main research areas are multivariate analysis applied to the socio-economic description of local economies, Fuzzy Implications and ICT use in education. In addition to her research publications, she has published several manuals on Decision Analysis and basic Statistics.

Frank Jensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Integrating Language and Content in Higher Education: An Economist Point of View

Frank Jensen an economist employed as Associate Professor at the Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science, UCPH. His research covers a broad spectrum of issues within environmental and resource economics and he teach international Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (ENRE) students in these topics. In one course, the ENRE students have to write a project in English and a part of the purpose with the course is to improve the written English of the students. This is accomplishes by lectures, feedback and workshops on language related issues supplied by the Centre of Internalisation and Parallel Language Use. The language related part of the course has been a success so Frank has obtained good results in trying to incorporate an English module in an economic course.

Karen Skriver, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Written academic English and Danish at university level biochemistry education: Language and content

Karen Skriver is a Professor at the Section for Biomolecular Sciences in the Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen. She holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Her main research area is gene regulatory networks and the importance of protein structure and function to the networks. She has been actively involved in an ICLHE project at the University of Copenhagen through the “More Languages for More Students” strategic initiative.