Professor Oliver Meyer
Department of English and Linguistics, Johannes Gutenberg-University / Mainz
Researching pluriliteracies: towards an evidence-based understanding of deeper learning
Blurb: In the plenary, Professor Oliver Meyers will present and discuss empirical data from three intervention studies which investigate the role of language on depth of student learning in secondary education. The studies are based on the presumption that deeper learning rests on the development of domain-specific knowledge. A Pluriliteracies Approach to Teaching for Deeper Learning (PTDL), which aims to facilitate deeper learning through an explicit focus on disciplinary literacies and subject specific language as a means to promote conceptual understanding, was used to design tasks and materials for the experimental groups. Both control and experimental groups were selected from within existing CLIL branches through direct experiment control in order to control for variables. Taken together, these studies offer new insights into the nature of deeper learning in three school subjects (chemistry, geography and history), the complex interrelation between conceptualizing and communicating content in both written and spoken form, and the tools and methods required to assess and evaluate these processes.
Bio: Dr. Oliver Meyer is professor for English-Didactics at the Johannes Gutenberg-University/Mainz. He is also a qualified teacher of Geography and EFL with several years of CLIL-teaching experience.
From 2008 – 2013, he worked as a pre- and in-service teacher trainer at the Catholic University of Eichstaett. As a CLIL-expert, he was co-responsible for the in-service training of the 150+ middle school teachers involved in a CLIL pilot program in Bavaria.
His Ph.d dissertation is on instructed strategy use and its effect on oral language performance in young CLIL language learners. He is especially interested in developing and disseminating cutting-edge, evidence-based teaching strategies.
Oliver Meyer has authored several CLIL and ESL textbooks and is currently working on a conceptual framework for the next generation of digital textbooks (Learnscaping: Beyond the digital textbook).
He is a member of the CLIL Cascade Network and has been invited to teach CLIL courses in many European countries. In 2010 he co-organized the international CLIL 2010 Conference (CLIL 2010: In Pursuit of Excellence) in Eichstaett/Germany. In 2010, he was awarded first prize at a prestigious competition for innovation in teacher training (Pädagogik Innovativ 2010).
He is currently coordinating “CLIL 2.0: Literacies through Content and Language Integrated Learning: effective learning across subjects and languages”, a project (2012-2015) for the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML). The Graz Group is made up of experts such as Christiane Dalton-Puffer, Do Coyle, Ana Halbach, Irina Hawker, Ana Llinares, Roy Lyster, David Lasagabaster, Gerrit-Ian Koopman, Yolanda Ruis-Zarobe, Kevin Schuck, Teresa Ting, Johannes Vollmer & Rachel Whittaker.
Prof. Meyer is a reviewer for journals such as Applied Linguistics, The Language Learning Journal and Sage Open. Selected Plenaries in 2014: Think CLIL 2014 (Venice); CLIL CORE (P. d. Mallorca); CLIL (Hongkong)