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Long-term European experience has been complemented with assignments in Africa (Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa), Central & East Asia (Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea), Iceland, India, Kosovo, Middle East (KSA, UAE, Turkey, Qatar), Russia, Southeast Asia (Brunei, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam), North America, (Mexico, USA), and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru).
Having been instrumental in developing processes for transforming curricular practices including language learning, he co-launched Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) under the auspices of the European Commission, and now works on developing and piloting CLIL models globally. His work has been recognized through various awards including the English-speaking Union (2008), Estonian Educational Sciences (2009), Doctor honoris causa at Valencian International University (2013), International Academic Board of the Inter-University Institute for Quality Practice (2016), Honorary Chair, Catedrático Extraordinario de Educación Bilingüe, UCAM, Spain (2017), and Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, London (2019).
His recent work extends from designing international school blueprints through to developing learning environments to accommodate the needs of digitally astute young people. Special current interests include OECD PISA focus on creativity, bilingual education, the impact of languages on mind and brain, and transformative education.
Recent publications (2019) include contributions to Shaping the Future: A Framework for Building CLIL Environments in Higher Education; The Role of the First Language in Education; Enhancing Language Awareness and Competence-building through a Fusion of Phenomenon-based Learning and CLIL; Implementing Internationalization of Academia; Managing Research & Higher Education Contexts through English; and Successful Diversity Management in International Environments. His current work-in-progress is The Children of Cyberspace: Towards a New Understanding, due for publication in 2021.
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