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Internationalisation of Higher Education in practice: Promoting foreign language learning in multicultural settings

m1Dr Marie-Thérèse Batardière, Catherine Jeanneau and Dr Veronica O’Regan (School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics) presented findings from a research project entitled ‘Internationalisation of Higher Education in practice: Promoting foreign language learning in multicultural settings’ at the international AILA conference, Educating the Global Citizen – International Perspectives on Foreign Language Teaching in the Digital Age at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany, 25-28 March 2019.

The paper discusses current conceptualisations of internationalisation and the recent shift in focus towards internationalisation of the curriculum (IoC) and internationalisation at home (IaH). It also addresses European, national and institutional policies and reports on the findings of a university-wide survey on intercultural competence among UL students which point to the need to foster intercultural awareness and facilitate language learning to suit a wide range of student profiles.

In addition, it outlines the impact of a number of initiatives implemented by the School of Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics to support cross-cultural learning through the formal and informal curriculum in UL for language specialists and non-specialists:

  • Language Exchange Programme (LEP)
  • Broadening Modules (Languages)
  • Language Outreach Programme (LOP)

The conference focused primarily on the epistemological and critical foundations of educating future global citizens across varied contexts exploring citizenship and sustainability education from a wide range of perspectives. It also engaged with questions about how global education performs on a local level as well as in increasingly interconnected environments, and how digital settings, practices and methodologies are consequently implicated.

Over 400 delegates from 35 countries including 150 speakers took part. Keynote speakers included Michael Byram, Durham University, UK & Université de Luxembourg, Luxemburg;  William Gaudelli, Columbia University, USA; Glynda Hull, University of Berkeley, USA; Liz Jackson, University of Hong Kong, China; Claire Kramsch, University of Berkeley, USA; Greg Misiaszek, Beijing Normal University, China; Hugh Starkey, University College London, England.

Thanks to the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics for providing funding to support attendance at this conference.

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