Languages and the Internationalisation of Higher Education
This volume offers an overview of the context of internationalisation in which plurilingualism becomes a strategic axis for universities and in which university language centres serve as the key instrument to implement this process. It focuses on three key areas in which language centres are working together with governments across Europe, namely: language policy and internationalisation; specific training for the university community; and language testing and accreditation.
The contributors to this book are all policy makers, instructors or evaluators from university language centres involved in the internationalisation of their institutions through languages. They teach and evaluate not only ‘regular’ students, but students with very specific needs, such as lecturers delivering content courses in English, students in mobility programmes or administrative staff in contact with international students. The book also includes the presentation of the first national higher education language policy in Europe, developed by the Language Policy Commission of the Board of Rectors of Spanish Universities and endorsed by all public and private universities in Spain.
Dolores González-Álvarez is a Tenured Lecturer at the University of Vigo, Spain. She obtained her PhD in English Philology from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 2000. As Head of the University Language Centre and Vice-Rector for Students at the University of Vigo, she took an active part in elaborating the university language policy. She has also served as Head of the Language Policy group within the Board of Rectors of Spanish Universities, and as coordinator and co-author of Linguistic Policy for the Internationalisation of the Spanish University System.
Esperanza Rama-Martínez is a Tenured Lecturer at the University of Vigo, Spain. She obtained an MA in Discourse Studies from the University of Liverpool, UK, in 1991 and her Doctorate in English Philology from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 2001. As Head of the University of Vigo Language Centre, she organised the 10th Conference of the Association of Language Centres in Higher Education dedicated to the current role of university language centres in the process of internationalisation.
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