Universidade do Porto


Maria Ellison

I am Assistant Professor of didactics at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto (FLUP). My doctoral research focused on CLIL as a Catalyst for Developing Reflective Practice in Foreign Language Teacher Education. I teach about CLIL within doctoral and pre-service Masters degree programmes in teaching foreign languages and in-service teacher development courses. I have experience of coordinating and monitoring CLIL projects in primary, secondary and higher education in Portugal. I am the convener of the 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.

Our team

Nicolas Robert Hurst

‘Nic’ Hurst is Assistant Professor in English Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the University of Porto, where he has been involved in the areas of English Language, Linguistics, Culture and ELT Methodology since 1989. He is responsible for the delivery of general English courses to first year undergraduates with additional responsibilities related to post-graduate teacher education courses and practicum supervision. He defended his doctoral thesis, ‘Cultural Representation in Portuguese–Produced ELT Coursebooks (1981-2006)’ in 2014. He is course director of an M.A. in English Language Teacher Education. Nic has published numerous articles/chapters in various European countries and the USA.

Andrew Sampson

Having taught EFL and trained language teachers for over twenty years in the UK, Ecuador, Colombia, Spain and Portugal, Andy Sampson is currently Lecturer in English at the University of Porto.  He has trained secondary teachers in CLIL methodology as part of a project run by the Balearic Islands government in Spain.  He holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Lancaster in the UK, and his research on language learning and teaching has been published in ELT JournalSystemETP and MET.   He is particularly interested in the impact of classroom interaction and learner discourse on language learning.


The University of Porto (U. Porto) was founded in 1911 and is considered a benchmark institution for education and research in Portugal. It is known to be the greatest birthplace of science in Portugal and has the richest academic community in the country with over 30,000 students and highly qualified scientific and teaching staff. It comprises 14 faculties, one business school and over 50 research centres. U. Porto is an important driving force for economic, social, cultural and scientific development in Northern Portugal creating leaders, innovators and encouraging entrepreneurs. A strong commitment to internationalisation is another driving force. A variety of networks and cooperation protocols connect it with many universities around the world.




belong to a team of partners who are committed to innovation and change in education. We particularly understand and value the importance of developing academic literacy which is key to success in compulsory schooling.  We believe this can be achieved in our project through language-awareness raising strategies and collaboration between content and language teachers within a whole school approach to supporting academic language development across the curriculum.