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ERIC Number: EJ1121750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2194-654X
Language Study: A Necessary Part of the Internationalized Curriculum
Spitzer, Lois; Cordero-Ramon, Arnaldo
Multicultural Learning and Teaching, v8 n1 p81-92 Jun 2013
In an urgent effort to internationalize curricula, institutions of higher education are rethinking the role of language study. Many administrators, faculty, and staff are realizing that language study is more than merely a means of communication. More importantly, it is the key to understanding how people from diverse cultural backgrounds, especially those who are engaged in our academic institutions, interpret their cultural experiences. Three important questions will be discussed in this paper: (1) If we accept the idea that curriculum reforms should mirror the changing world, then what curricular changes are needed to promote internationalization?, (2) What role does language study play in this reformed curriculum?, and (3) If we accept a new definition of knowledge as having a language and cultural component, then how can we better prepare our students to gain multilingual and multicultural competence?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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