1 full-time PhD position in the framework of the research project entitled Assessing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): Linguistic, cognitive and educational perspectives

1 full-time PhD position in the framework of the research project entitled Assessing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): Linguistic, cognitive and educational perspectives

General job description
The Institute for Language and Communication (IL&C) and the Psychological Sciences Research Institute (IPSY) at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL; Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), in collaboration with the research group on Multilingualism (Pluri-LL) of the University of Namur (Belgium), are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate within the framework of the research project “Assessing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): Linguistic, cognitive and educational perspectives”.

The central aim of the research project is to investigate CLIL education in French-speaking Belgium from a multidisciplinary perspective. The project focuses on primary and secondary school CLIL education in Dutch and English and examines by which cognitive (memory, attention,…) and socioaffective (motivational, attitudinal,…) factors the potential linguistic differences (with respect to pronunciation, lexis and grammar) between pupils in CLIL education and their pairs in non-CLIL school environments, can be accounted for.

Project promoters
Prof. Philippe Hiligsmann – Spokesman (UCL / IL&C / Valibel); Prof. Benoît Galand (UCL/ IPSY /Girsef);
Prof. Laurence Mettewie (UNamur / Pluri-LL);
Prof. Fanny Meunier (UCL / IL&C / CECL);
Prof. Arnaud Szmalec (UCL / IPSY / IoNS);
Prof. Kristel Van Goethem (F.R.S.-FNRS / UCL / IL&C / Valibel)

PhD position description
The candidate will be offered a 4-year fully funded PhD position (2 years, renewable once) to work on the linguistic research line and to analyze the relationship between the learning environment and the acquisition of phraseological competence in Dutch and English, by using both corpus-based and experimental methods.

– Master in linguistics or in modern languages, with honours;
– Native or near-native proficiency in French, English and Dutch;
– High level of academic English, both written and spoken;
– Good knowledge of corpus linguistic methods;
– Knowledge of statistics or commitment to acquire it;
– Knowledge of experimental research designs or commitment to acquire it;
– Dynamic and motivated;
– Capacity to work both independently and as part of a team.

We offer a motivating research environment with many opportunities for in-house, national and international collaborations and with access to state-of-the-art research equipment. The salary is according to standard Belgian regulations: +/- 1800 EUR net/month.

Start of grant: September 1st, 2015
Deadline: Interested candidates should send a CV, motivation letter including research interests (in English, French or Dutch) and contact information (email) of two potential references to Philippe.hiligsmann@uclouvain.be before June 30th 2015. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Additional information: For more information on the PhD project do not hesitate to contact Prof. F. Meunier (fanny.meunier@uclouvain.be )

More information on the research institutes and centers which the candidate will be part of can be found on the following websites:
– Institute for Language and Communication (IL&C): http://www.uclouvain.be/ilc.html
– CECL: http://www.uclouvain.be/en-cecl.html
– Valibel: http://www.uclouvain.be/valibel

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