WHO WE ARE

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WHO WE ARE

CLIL@India is a 3-year project co-funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ Programme.

 

We are a consortium of 7 Universities from India and Europe dedicated to developing a new model of bilingual education by introducing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) as an innovative pedagogical practice in the Indian education system to preserve the nation’s multilingualism.

  • PARTNERS

    Seven Universities from Europe and India come together in developing and adapting the CLIL approach in India.

    Our partnership with Università Degli Studi Di Milano, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha and Latvijas Universitāte, brings in the best of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach from Europe. The Universities facilitate the imparting, sharing and transfer of knowledge and best practices of CLIL approach between European and Indian academicians, resulting in the creation of innovative professional profiles with in-depth skills in CLIL both in the academia and society.

     


     

    Our partnership in India comprises a network of four universities geographically spread out in the Subcontinent- Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Chitkara University Symbiosis International University and Pondicherry University. Under the leadership of MAHE, the universities engage in gaining expertise in the CLIL approach, study its adaptation to the Indian context and further attempt to integrate it as part of curricula in the Indian Higher Education Institutes.

    In addition, select schools in Manipal, Pune, Chandigarh and Pondicherry as well as NGOs are important stakeholders in the project contributing towards the promotion of bilingual education in India through the CLIL approach.

  • LEADERSHIP

         Prof Dr Neeta Inamdar

    Coordinator, CLIL@India Project

    Manipal Academy of Higher Education

     

    Prof Neeta Inamdar has been responsible for the establishment of the Manipal Centre for European Studies since its inception. She was the key person in writing the proposal for grants to establish this Centre from the Delegation of European Union to India.
    Received €299000 in 2009, established the Centre, and heading it since then. Holder of the Jean Monnet Module Cultural Analysis and European Identity, held at the Department as open elective course.

    Trained in communication and culture, she has developed keen interest in European culture and communication strategies and has published works in the same. She is also responsible for establishing academic links between more than 15 European universities with Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE).
    She is also the Coordinator from Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) of the Consortium IBIES (Interdisciplinary Bridges in Indo-European Studies), a recipient of Erasmus Mundus grants. Experienced in managing European projects, Prof Inamdar has guided many FP7 and other EU grant applicants on the campus. She also leads a team of young PhD scholars and faculty members highly interested in European affairs.
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         Ajinkya Deshmukh

    Executive Director, CLIL@India Project

    Manipal Academy of Higher Education

     

    Ajinkya has degrees in journalism, development studies, and philosophy from Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences at Mumbai. Previously he has worked with development sector non-profits in India, and his work has taken him across rural India and Ethiopia. He is now part of the CLIL@India Project as a Research Associate at the CLIL Research and Training Centre in Manipal.

         Dr. Philol Gunta Rozina

    Coordinator, CLIL@India Project

    Latvijas Universitāte

     

    Dr. philol Gunta Rozina holds a position of Full Professor with Tenure at the University of Latvia. At present, her administrative commitment is related to running the Department of English Studies at the University. Having gained the Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Minnesota (USA), Dr.philol. Rozina has broadened her scientific experience and conducted extensive research in applied pragmatics at the University.

    Her scientific and academic input is focused on examining the linguo-pragmatic, sociopragmatic and pragma-linguistic aspects of communication. As a senior researcher, Dr. philol. Rozina has contributed significantly to implementing innovative approaches both to her academic work at the University of Latvia and to her research work in Latvia and beyond. She has profound research and quality assurance experience in the implementation of domestic and international projects.
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         Indra Karapetjana

    Coordinator, CLIL@India Project

    Latvijas Universitāte

     

    Indra Karapetjana (Dr. Philol) is a full Professor in linguistics at the University of Latvia. She is a scientific expert in the field of Humanities and Arts – Linguistics and Literary Science – with the Latvian Council of Science. Her research interests lie in the field of Applied Linguistics, in particular (critical) discourse analysis, ESP, CLIL and EMI. She is an author of numerous international publications and has lectured on topical issues in applied linguistics in the U.S.,Turkey, Portugal, Lithuania, the U.K., and Bulgaria.

    She was a 2010 U.S. Department of State fellow at the New York University, Multinational Institute of American Studies, Institute on U.S. Culture and Society.
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         Helena Aikin Araluce

    Coordinator, CLIL@India Project

    Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

     

    PHD in Applied Linguistics
    Associate professor at the Department of Modern Languages, UCLM
    My area of expertise lies within the field of intercultural education inbilingual schools. I am currently working on project-based educational models where I explore the interdisciplinary dimension of CLIL with special attention to establishing relational links between the different school subjects and learners´ lives and communities at local, national and international levels.

    I have conducted teacher training seminars and workshops on CLIL methodology, intercultural education and creative learning in several European universities as well as at ITESO university (Guadalajara, Mexico) and Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) (Karnataka, India), where I was a visiting researcher in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
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         Ana María Relaño

    Coordinator, CLIL@India Project

    Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

     

    Ana María Relaño holds a BA in English Studies from the University of Granada, an MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a PhD in English Studies (Applied Linguistics) from the University of Granada. She has been a visiting professor and director of the program Spanish as a Heritage Language at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona, a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and a predoctoral fellow at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) at the University of California, San Diego.

    She has also been a visiting fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and more recently at the University of Bristol, U.K. Currently, she is senior lecturer at the Department of Modern Philology (English Studies), at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) in Spain, where she has taught, among other subjects, Applied Linguistics, CLIL, Pragmatics, and Discourse Analysis. Her research interests includes narrative, emotion and identity; language socialization of Latino communities in the U.S.; sociolinguistic ethnography; language education of immigrant communities in Spain; and most recently bi/multilingual education in Spain. She is the author of ‘Shame and Pride in Narrative: Mexican Women’s Experiences at the U.S.-Mexico Border (2014). Palgrave MacMillan. For more information, you can visit:https://blog.uclm.es/apingloclm/
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         Luciana Pedrazzini

    Coordinator, CLIL@India Project

    University of Milan

     

    Luciana Pedrazzini is an Assistant Professor in English and TESOL in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the University of Milan. Her research interests are mainly in the areas of lexicogrammar, second language acquisition, multilingualism, content and language integrated learning (CLIL), the use of English as a Lingua Franca and teacher education.
    She holds courses in Language Teaching Methodology and Second Language Acquisition for graduates, pre-service and in-service teachers.

    She also has a long experience in planning and running training courses for in-service CLIL teachers. On behalf of her department, she has forged a strong relationship with the Lombardy Local Education Authority to promote projects for the teaching and learning of modern foreign languages, including the dissemination of good practice and experimentation.
    She also collaborates with universities in Lombardy supporting training programmes and local projects addressing the needs of in-service CLIL teachers and ensures quality in their teaching in terms of curriculum planning and expected outcomes. She has supervised PhD research projects and MA dissertations on CLIL issues (Scaffolding the Language of CLIL History; Form-focused instruction in CLIL; The teacher’s use of English in a science lesson; the use of Academic English in CLIL discourse). At the moment, she is involved in a longitudinal research project aimed at assessing the learning outcomes of CLIL classes in six lower secondary schools in northern Italy. Her latest publication is Nava, A. & L. Pedrazzini (2018). Second Language Acquisition in Action: Principles from Practice. London: Bloomsbury.
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         Dr. Vaishali Jundre

    Coordinator, CLIL@India Project

    Departments of Symbiosis International University

     

    She completed her Ph.D. from the Symbiosis International (Deemed University) in 2017. Her research focuses on the phonological, lexical and grammatical problems of Arab learners. She also heads the corporate training wing of the institute.
    She heads the academic initiatives of the English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis since 2007. As the Deputy Director of the institute, she leads a team of 50+ ELT teachers. She has initiated and successfully implemented innovative teaching methodologies at ELTIS. The institute conducts courses for international and Indian students. More than 8500 students learn at ELTIS-SIFIL annually.

    ELTIS is known for its activity-based teaching methods and Dr. Vaishali has steered this movement. She introduced many new curricular and co-curricular activities in the academic calendar thus breaking the classroom monotony. She is one of the team members in designing a diploma for ELTIS, the Diploma in Practical English and Life Skills (DPELS) for Indian students. This programme is running successfully since 2011. She has played a vital role in the re-development of courses for Spoken English run at the institute under the brand name ‘Speakfast’.
    She is a professional teacher trainer and also the Team Leader of Speaking Examiners for Cambridge Assessment English exams at ELTIS. ELTIS as a centre has 20 Speaking Examiners for General as well as Business English exams.
    She also administers the initiatives of the foreign languages wing called Symbiosis Institute of Foreign and Indian Languages (SIFIL). The SIFIL team comprises 40+ teachers for six languages – Chinese, Japanese and Korean and French, German and Spanish.
    She has presented papers at various national conferences. She has been a Convener of 9 National Conferences at ELTIS.
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  • TEAM

         Deepti Sreeram

    Research Associate, CLIL@India Project

    Manipal Academy of Higher Education

     

    An aspiring Linguist, teacher and trainer, Deepti Sreeram did MPhil in Linguistics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and M.A. in Linguistics from English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) Hyderabad. She has previously worked with Tehelka, a national magazine as Features Lead reporter and Editor and has worked with Pratham, the largest education based NGO in Asia. Her area of interests include sociolinguistics, educational linguistics, gender and politics.

         Amrutha Yathish

    Research Associate, CLIL@India Project

    Manipal Academy of Higher Education

     

    A native Kannada speaker, an avid French learner and a beginner in Latvian language, Amrutha Yathish has a flair for learning foreign and Indian languages. She has done M.A. in European Studies at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), as a part of which, on receiving Erasmus+ Scholarship, completed 2 semesters of study as an exchange student at the University of Latvia. She has a keen interest in the dynamics of language learning and teaching and looks forward to her journey as Research Associate in the CLIL@India Project.

         Prathima Kalmady

    Office & Accounts manager, CLIL@India Project

    Manipal Academy of Higher Education

     

    Prathima Kalmady has a Master Degree in Social Work with Human Resource Development Specialization. She has been working around 4 years in Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). She worked as an HR Recruiter for a private company in Bangalore. Currently she is working as Office Manager at the CLIL Research and Training Centre in Manipal.

         Eeshani Kochhar

    Research Associate, CLIL@India Project

    Manipal Academy of Higher Education

     

    Having grown up in different parts of the country, Eeshani has a passion for engaging with varied cultures and languages, with the ability to adapt and understand. She holds a BA in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University and a MA in European Studies from Manipal Academy of Higher Education. She aspires to find the meeting point where different systems of cultures and politics engage allowing progressive systemic change for the benefit of people, especially in the Indian education system.