Background and activities

Associate Professor of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) at the Department of Teacher Education (ILU). My research areas are Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), Second Language Acquisition (SLA), Sociocultural Theory, scaffolding, observation and mixed methods.  

I am currently co-leader of the research group Multidisciplinary Educational Research. 


I defended my Ph.D. in English didactics at the University of Southeastern Norway in May, 2020. I hold a Master's degree in English language from the University of Oslo, and am a graduate of Norwegian National Research School in Teacher Education (NAFOL).  I taught English and Norwegian as Foreign Languages for a private language company for 5 years, and worked as a Lecturer of English at USN for 4 years. In 2016, I won the competition 'Researcher to the film' at USN. In 2017, I won the semifinals for Researcher Grand Prix, and was nominated one of the top ten science communicators in Norway.  In 2019, I was a guest researcher at the University of the Basque Country. 



I currently have teaching duties in the following courses:

English 1 in Continuing Education for Teachers (KfK) 1-7

English didactics in Grunnskolærerutdanning (GLU) 1-7 and 5-10

English 2 in Grunnskolelærerutdanning (GLU) 1-7



Contact teacher for teacher students in practice

Advisor for FoU-projects (equivalent to Bachelor Thesis) for teacher students of English 




Mahan, K. R., Norheim, H. (In press). 'Something new and different. Student Perceptions of CLIL.' ELT Journal.

Mahan, K. R. (2020). 'The Comprehending Teacher: Scaffolding in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).' Language Learning Journal.

Mahan, K. R., Brevik, L. M., Ødegaard, M. (2018). 'Characterizing CLIL teaching: new insights from a lower secondary classroom.' International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism


Mahan, K. R. (2020). Teaching Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). Classroom practices and student perspectives in three Norwegian Classrooms. Doctoral thesis no. 71. University of South-Eastern Norway.

Burner, T., Carlsen, C., Kverndokken, K. (2019) 101 ways to work with communicative skills. Fagbokforlaget: Oslo. (Contributed with communicative methods).

Diaz, Pérez, W., Ellison, M., Harumi, I., Kärkkäinen, K., Langé, G., Lee, J., Mahan, K.R., Marsh, D., Osorio, P., Pavón Vázquez., Schmidt, T. (2019). Implementing Internationalization of Academia: Teaching, Learning, and Research through English. The 2018 Guadalajara Colloquium Shape Report. Guadalajara: University of Guadalajara 

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Mahan, Karina Rose. (2020) Teaching Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Classroom practices and student perspectives in three Norwegian classrooms. 2020. ISBN 978-82-7860-416-8.