Maria Ellison is Assistant Professor of didactics at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto (FLUP) where she has worked for over 20 years in the areas of English Language Teaching, English for Academic Purposes, language teacher education and supervision of practica in local schools. She holds a Ph.D in didactics of languages from FLUP, an MA in TESOL (Manchester University) and a B.Ed in primary education (Bath Spa University College). Her main research areas include action research in pre-service teacher education, dimensions of teacher reflection, teaching English to young learners, subject-specific literacies, and CLIL. Her doctoral research focused on CLIL as a Catalyst for Developing Reflective Practice in Foreign Language Teacher Education. She teaches about CLIL within doctoral and pre-service Masters degree programmes in teaching foreign languages and in-service teacher development courses. She has experience of coordinating and monitoring CLIL projects in primary, secondary and higher education in Portugal. She is the convenor of the recently established Working CLIL network in Portugal through the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS) which connects communities of researchers and teachers of CLIL across the country.
Working CLIL network http://www.cetaps.com/research-areas/teals-teacher-education-and-applied-language-studies/clil/