Trends and Developments for the Future of Language Education in Higher Education

Trends and Developments for the Future of Language Education in Higher Education

Author: Xiang, Catherine Hua

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781799872283

Category: Education

Page: 342

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Language education tends to require more face-to-face interaction and longer hours of both teaching and learning. The challenges of ensuring the future and development of the discipline, especially after a time of crisis, is equally unprecedented. A comprehensive overview of the global picture of best practices as well as research in recent times are needed in the field of language education, particularly in higher education settings. The changing nature of language education in terms of its policy, curriculum design, methodology, and innovation is an essential discussion to advance the field. It is critical to explore how a more collaborative, global, and interdisciplinary mindset, as well as technologically driven approaches have emerged through recent years and how it will continue to shape the future development in the field. Trends and Developments for the Future of Language Education in Higher Education captures the current trends and ongoing development within language education through a global picture of the best practices as well as the latest research on language education in higher education settings. The chapters cover changes in policy, curriculum design, methodology, and innovation in the modern language education landscape. While focusing on the current situation of language education and the changes that it has been undergoing, this book also provides information on future development and the overall outlook of language education. This book is ideal for teachers, instructional designers, curricula developers, inservice and preservice teachers, administrators, teacher educators, practitioners, researchers, academicians, and students looking for an overview of the current position of language education in higher education.

Handbook of Research on Developments and Future Trends in Transnational Higher Education

Handbook of Research on Developments and Future Trends in Transnational Higher Education

Author: Morris, Gareth Richard

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781668452271

Category: Education

Page: 529

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Higher education has embraced a period of increasingly rapid development due to the speed of technological advances, increased global competition, an ever more astute and savvier consumer base, and ethical planetary responsibilities. One such educational development is transnational education (TNE). The global pandemic has made TNE a timely topic because traditional international education, which relies on the mobility of staff and students, experienced unprecedented challenges, with borders closed and travel banned. This has presented the international education community with a unique opportunity to reassess the effectiveness and efficiency of transnational activities from a social, ethical, and environmental perspective. The Handbook of Research on Developments and Future Trends in Transnational Higher Education offers a perspective of what the future of TNE may look like, what models of TNE there are, its impact, and what institutions may have to do to be successful moving forward. Universities around the world are growing their TNE partnerships. This reference book explores the benefits TNE can offer universities, staff, and students, while increasing its global outlook and capabilities. It further provides concrete suggestions to readers considering this. Covering topics such as employability skill enhancement, formative assessment, and online higher education, this major reference work is an excellent resource for faculty and administrators of higher education, teacher educators, entrepreneurs, researchers, librarians, and academicians.

Internationalising Programmes in Higher Education

Internationalising Programmes in Higher Education

Author: Jeanine Gregersen-Hermans

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000395761

Category: Education

Page: 254

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This book addresses challenges that higher education institutions face when bridging the gap between internationalisation as a key university strategy and their delivery of interculturally competent and responsible graduates. Combining international case studies and research outcomes, it provides an in-depth understanding of the role educational developers can play in the internationalisation of higher education and in the provision of an internationalised learning experience for all students. The book situates international education in global and local contexts and contributes to the design and delivery of internationalised curricula in very concrete terms. In doing so, it suggests how academic staff may enhance the quality of their programmes by leveraging the opportunities of international classrooms where students have diverse academic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds. The content of the book is therefore also foundational for continuing professional development (CPD) programmes that enhance staff competences for designing and teaching inclusive internationalised programmes and include topics such as: An international competence profile for educational developers Intercultural competence as a graduate attribute Internationalised curriculum design and delivery Intercultural group dynamics The role of languages in internationalised higher education classrooms Reflective processes for teaching and learning in the international classroom This book is essential reading and a go-to resource for any academic looking to internationalise their education programmes. It will also be of interest to those directly involved in curriculum development, learning, and teaching as well as those who have more strategic responsibilities within and beyond HEIs, or who are involved in higher education research.

Universities and the Sustainable Development Future

Universities and the Sustainable Development Future

Author: Peter H. Koehn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315449944

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 292

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Since the mid-1970s, a series of international declarations that link environment and sustainable development to all aspects of higher learning have been endorsed and signed by universities around the world. Although university involvement in sustainable-development research and outreach has increased substantially, systematic learning from higher-education engagements has been limited. Universities and the Sustainable Development Future offers institutions of higher learning around the world practical guidelines that can be applied contextually to produce credible evidence regarding the outcome and impact of their teaching, research, and transnational-partnering activities. Drawing on innovative applications of lessons from experience with international-development cooperation, this book demonstrates the utility of a flexible framework that will inspire substantial improvements in the ways universities evaluate and improve their sustainable-development undertakings aimed at promoting Agenda 2030. This book promotes an inclusive evaluation framework that will allow universities to illuminate sustainable-development outcomes, and it provides a cutting-edge resource for students, scholars, and policy makers with an interest in sustainable development, climate change, and evaluation challenges.

English-Medium Instruction in Higher Education in the Middle East and North Africa

English-Medium Instruction in Higher Education in the Middle East and North Africa

Author: Samantha Curle

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350238565

Category: Education

Page: 216

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English-Medium Instruction (EMI) is a rapidly growing global phenomenon in countries where English is a second or foreign language. This book focuses on empirical research studies conducted on this growing trend in the Middle East and North Africa, an under-researched area with regards to the effects and challenges of the implementation of EMI in higher education. The contributors are researchers with first-hand experience in countries in the region, including Iran, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Turkey. Each chapter follows a consistent structure, allowing comparisons to be drawn between policies and practices in different countries. Topics covered include investigating perceptions and attitudes of both students and lecturers, opportunities and challenges afforded by EMI, as well as the evolution of EMI practices. By exploring these issues, through the lens of a decolonial critical approach, this volume informs theory underlying research into the phenomenon of EMI in the region.

Digital Pedagogies and the Transformation of Language Education

Digital Pedagogies and the Transformation of Language Education

Author: Montebello, Matthew

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781799867463

Category: Education

Page: 343

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Education has undergone numerous radical changes as the digital era has transformed the way we as humans communicate, inform ourselves, purchase goods, and perform other mundane chores at home and at work. Social media is one of those phenomena that has affected not only society at large but has heavily influenced educational processes around the world. The demand for and availability of networked educational services have also increased, enabling online education to gain popularity and become an internationally accessible option. Furthermore, universities and other private higher educational institutions embrace digital technology and have adopted the new learning medium as they realize the prospects of having the world’s population as a potential source of revenue. A related phenomenon has been the proliferation of massive open online courses (MOOCs). These have changed the ways in which learners interact with educational institutions, professors, and with each other. At the same time, the upsurge in digital education has raised issues with language as online learners from all over the world and from a plethora of cultures and foreign languages have found themselves challenged to take full advantage and optimally benefit from the same educational media and resources that English-speaking counterparts have tapped into. Digital Pedagogies and the Transformation of Language Education will answer questions of how to optimize language learning in such a defining new era and what the educational, sociological, and technological dimensions of radical change are. The book will explore the different challenges and the multitude of opportunities that new and transformative pedagogies have enabled. Beyond teaching/learning practices being presented, this book also focuses on how learners will adjust to the technology and the readiness of practitioners to psychologically adjust to the changing and demanding media technology has unleashed. The chapters provide international experiences and perspectives on the impact of e-educational technologies on student experience, success, learning, and comprehension in the realm of language learning specifically. This book is essential for educational technologists, online instructional designers, education policymakers and administrators, curriculum developers, practitioners, stakeholders, researchers, academicians, and students who are interested in digital language pedagogies.

Present and Future Trends in TEFL

Present and Future Trends in TEFL

Author: María Elena García Sánchez

Publisher: Universidad Almería

ISBN: 8482403958

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 390

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The aim of this book is to develop a framework for describing the field as it currently exists together with well-established views. As far as possible the book describes rather than prescribes, to avoid taking up any single approach or theory regarding what constitutes the legitimate approach to TEFL research. Of course, the personal views of the authors will colour the account provided as it is imposible to separate description from interpretation. Thus, in a way, this book involves the theories, beliefs, knowledge, methods and practices of foreign language teachers and how these can enhance teacher education. This book is planned for pre-service or in-service teachers of a foreign language at primary, secondary or tertiary levels, although the criterions examined are useful to teachers of English as a foreign language, teacher trainers, or modern language teachers involved in teaching any language whether in Spain or overseas. Our main purpose is to help readers to help themselves. Accordingly, the reader is encouraged to be engaged in an examination of foreign language teaching and learning in hope of improving his/her practice and making language teaching more controllable, more interesting and more effective. The chapters are organized into four sections. In Section I, three chapters describe some perspectives in teacher education. In the first chapter, José M. Vez focuses on the hypothesis that the key to producing well-qualified EFL teachers is to greatly strengthen their professional learning across the continuum of a career in the foreign language classroom. He emphasizes the fact that foreign-language teaching must become a learning profession in order to prompt greater learning among foreign language students and describes the innovative aspects of foreign language teacher education. In the second chapter, Sheena Davies provides an overview of language teacher education today, with particular reference to English language teaching, discusses some current issues associated with the field, and gives notice of her experience working with both native speaker and non-native speaker teachers of English from all over the world on a variety of in-service and pre-service courses and seminars. In chapter 3, we examine the perspectives on teacher thinking and teachers' beliefs in general, and about language learning in particular. .

English Language Education Policy in the Middle East and North Africa

English Language Education Policy in the Middle East and North Africa

Author: Robert Kirkpatrick

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319467788

Category: Education

Page: 300

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This volume offers insights on English language education policies in Middle Eastern and North African countries, through state-of-the-art reports giving clear assessments of current policies and future trends, each expertly drafted by a specialist. Each chapter contains a general description of English education polices in the respective countries, and then expands on how the local English education policies play out in practice in the education system at all levels, in the curriculum, in teaching, and in teacher training. Essays cover issues such as the balance between English and the acquisition of the national language or the Arabic language, as well as political, cultural, economic and technical elements that strengthen or weaken the learning of English. This volume is essential reading for researchers, policy makers, and teacher trainers for its invaluable insights in the role of each of the stakeholders in the implementation of policies.

Open Education and Second Language Learning and Teaching

Open Education and Second Language Learning and Teaching

Author: Carl S. Blyth

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781800411012

Category: Education

Page: 246

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Compared with STEM fields, foreign language (FL) education and second language acquisition have only slowly embraced open education and the new knowledge ecologies it produces. FL educators may have been hesitant to participate in the open education movement due to a lack of research which investigates the benefits and challenges of FL learning and teaching in open environments. This book contextualizes open education in FL learning and teaching via an historical overview of the movement, along with an in-depth exploration of how the open movement affects FL education beyond the classroom context; fills the research void by exploring aspects of open second language learning and teaching across a range of educational contexts; and illustrates new ways of creating, adapting and curating FL materials that are freely shared among FL educators and students. This book is open access under a CC BY ND licence.