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2017-10-07 - Colloque/Présentation - communication orale - Anglais - page(s)

Valcke Jennifer, Romero Alfaro Elena, Walaszczyk Julie , Peters Charlotte, "Training teachers to teach in English - Five universities come together" in ICLHE Conference, Copenhague, Danemark, 2017

  • Codes CREF : Enseignement des langues étrangères (DI5328)

Abstract(s) :

(Anglais) Due to the increasing internationalisation of higher education, universities must ensure the professional development of their teaching staff in English-Medium Instruction (EMI). In this colloquium, five European universities – Universidad de Cádiz (Spain), Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Université de Mons (Belgium) and Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) – will present the linguistic and pedagogical training they provide at their respective institutions for training teachers for EMI. The support provided ranges from workshops to seminars, from individual guidance to conversation tables, tailored to each institution’s specific needs and contexts (engineering, medicine and healthcare, education, business, and economics, among others). All institutions prepare their staff for teaching in English, with one notable exception, the Universidad de Cádiz, which provides plurilingual training to its staff. Furthermore, these 5 institutions will explain how they have collaborated to create an online international course for teaching in English to enhance transnational collaboration within the complex challenges and opportunities of the multilingual and multicultural learning space. The course is entitled “Two2Tango” and ran from 2016-2017 involving 14 teachers, who met online in tandems and interacted through discussion forums. The objectives of the course are to: (a) create situations where English is used as a meaningful means of communication for the exchange of ideas; (b) allow teachers to reflect on different teaching strategies and share ideas about teaching and learning at university; (c) reflect on the roles of English as a Lingua Franca Academia (ELFA) and the relationship between learning and language; (d) consolidate expertise in teaching and learning and reinforce teacher motivation; and (e) create a novel space to enhance exchange and foster communities of practice.