The Universidad del Norte, the Universidad de La Sabana, and Pearson Colombia would like to invite you to participate and attend the 8th Biennial CLIL Symposium: Making a Global Impact through the Local Classroom, to be held at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia September 24 -26, 2020.

This year’s version of the CLIL Symposium will focus on how, as teachers and students, we can bring the world into the classroom in innovative and creative ways to help our students become active and aware global citizens. The symposium will address a variety of elements and dimensions of teaching, learning, and assessment related to this overarching theme. 

We look forward to your participation in the 2020 8th Biennial CLIL Symposium. All presentations, workshops, panels, etc. should be carried out in English, but proposals focused on the teaching and learning of languages other than English (Spanish, French, Portuguese, etc.) are welcome and encouraged. On the subsequent pages of this document, you will find detailed instructions on how to submit a proposal, as well as information regarding prices, dates, and how to register. We are looking forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via at   


1st call for papers deadline
March 31st
2nd call for paper deadline
April 15th
Final confirmation of participation
April 30th
Early bird registration deadline
Before July 15th
Pre-registration ends
September 23rd
8th Biennial CLIL Symposium
September 24th-26th


Type of registration Earlybird (before July 15th) Normal (after July 15th)
$275.000 COP
$305.000 COP
Groups of 3 or more from the same institution
$250.000 COP
$275.000 COP
Groups of 6 or more from the same institution
$230.000 COP
$250.000 COP
$200.000 COP
$225.000 COP
$250.000 COP
$250.000 COP

Presentation categories

Proposals can be submitted for 40-minute or 20-minute presentations or panel discussions.

40-minute presentations: 30-minute presentation, 10 minutes for questions

  • Research Report: One or more presenters share their original research on a relevant topic.
  • Awareness Session: One or more presenters address the audience on relevant topic. Content must provide specific implementation ideas.
  • Workshop Session: One or more presenters conduct a hands-on workshop to allow participants to experience implementation. Workshops must allow time for participants to debrief and provide feedback.

20-minute presentation: 15-minute presentation, 5 minutes for questions

  • Hot Topic Session: A brief oral summary of an innovative or successful teaching experience or research related to the CLIL classroom. These sessions must be succinct and to the point. Presenters are not expected to implement any activity with the audience.

Panel Discussions: 40-minute (30 minutes for discussion, 10 minutes for questions)

  • Between 3 and 4 presenters share research, experiences, or innovative practices related to an overarching relevant theme. Each presenter should have a unique contribution to the discussion.



Prior to filling in this online form, ensure you have consulted the guidelines on the 8th Biennial CLIL Symposium Web site at If you have questions regarding your proposal send inquiries to

How to submit your proposal

Submit your proposal CLIL 2020 Online Proposal Form

An e-mail acknowledging receipt will be sent to you within 2 days of submission (Check your spam filter if the e-mail notification does not reach you).

Format of abstracts

All submissions must include an abstract of 150-250 words, excluding the title, names and affiliations. Do not include charts, tables, images, or bibliographical references in the abstract. Provide 3–5 keywords to help us place your abstract in the appropriate category, as well as no more than 100 words of Biographical Information. Before submitting your abstract, check the number of words and for typing errors using a word processor. Ensure that you do not use your name or refer to your home institution in the abstract itself, otherwise your proposal must be automatically rejected; instead, provide those details in the Biographical Information section of the submission form.