PhD defence: Karina Rose Mahan

Karina Rose Mahan at the Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science will defend her thesis in pedagogical resources and learning processes in kindergarten and school.

29 May

Practical information

  • Date: 29 May 2020
  • Time: 10.15 - 16.00
  • Location: Vestfold, digitally via Zoom
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    Follow the defense live here.
    (Link will activate when the program starts.)

     Evaluation committee:

    • First opponent: Professor Dr Rick de Graff, Univeriteit Utrecht
    • Second opponent: Associate Professor Ana Llinares, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
    • Administrator: Associate professor Henrik Bøhn, USN


    • Associate professor Karianne Skovholt, USN
    • Professor Tine Sophie Prøitz, USN


    Kl. 10.15-11.00: Trial lecture "Writing development in CLIL."

    Kl. 13.00-16.00: PhD defence “Teaching content and language integrated learning (CLIL): Classroom practices and student perspectives in three Norwegian classrooms”


    Read the thesis here


Karina Rose MahanWorldwide, there is an increasing need for higher proficiency in English. In order to cope with this, a large number of countries have turned to the bilingual methodology Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).
CLIL means teaching non-language subjects (e.g., science) through a second or a foreign language. As a result, there are many non-language teachers in Norway who are teaching their subject in English to Norwegian students, without any form of certification. We know very little about how this methodology works in Norway, and if the students feel that it is conducive to learning the subject or English.

Karina Rose Mahan wrote her article-based Ph.D. thesis on Norwegian CLIL schools. She filmed three schools across the country, observing how a wide range of CLIL teachers taught their subjects. She also elicited questionnaires from CLIL students, determining how they perceived the CLIL methodology. The findings resulted in three articles, which described how these schools taught CLIL, the strengths and pitfalls of the CLIL methodology.

The trial lecture and defence is open for all interested via Zoom, follow the link on the right which will be activated when the program starts.

Head of trial lecture and defense:

Dean Arild Hovland at the Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science.