Languages+ Internationalisation and the multilingual university: Keynote address

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Languages+ Internationalisation and the multilingual university The growth in English Medium Instruction (EMI) outside the English speaking countries (Wächter & Maiworm 2014) as well as the increase in non-L1 speakers in English-dominant settings is one of the very conspicuous outcomes of higher education internationalisation efforts today. Lecturers and students teach and learn through a language other than their own first language, which has led university leaders and other key actors to believe that issues arising from this situation are a question of language capabilities only. It is not. With different language backgrounds come different ethnic, cultural and educational backgrounds that have wide implications for what happens in the learning space or classroom. Based on the outcomes of the IntlUni Erasmus Academic Network (Lauridsen & Lillemose 2015) and other sources, this keynote will address the opportunities and challenges of multilingual and multicultural learning spaces and explore initiatives that may improve the quality of teaching and learning in such spaces. Lauridsen, K.M. & Lillemose, M.K. (eds) (2015). Opportunities and challenges in the multilingual and multicultural learning space. Final document of the IntlUni Erasmus Academic Network project 2012-15. Aarhus: IntlUni. http://intluni.eu/uploads/media/The_opportunities_and_challenges_of_the_MMLS_Final_report_sept_2015.pdf Wächter, B. & Maiworm, F. (eds). (2014). English-Taught Programmes in European Higher Education. The State of Play in 2014. Bonn: Lemmens.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventThe linguistic landscape in higher education in English-dominant and EMI settings: Future directions: The Munitilingual University seminar series #6 - University College London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jul 20169 Jul 2016

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ConferenceThe linguistic landscape in higher education in English-dominant and EMI settings: Future directions
LocationUniversity College London
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period08/07/201609/07/2016

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