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ERIC Number: EJ1153862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1367-0050
"I Have Discovered New Teaching Pathways": The Link between Language Shift and Teaching Practice
Guarda, Marta; Helm, Francesca
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, v20 n7 p897-913 2017
The aim of this paper is to explore how a shift in the language of teaching and learning can lead university lecturers of a range of disciplines to reflect on and innovate their teaching approaches. The paper is based on a case study of a single university in the north of Italy which is gradually becoming a bilingual higher education institute. Through a thematic analysis of questionnaire and interview data gathered from 53 lecturers who attended professional development courses designed to support them in this move, the authors show how for many lecturers this language shift has offered an opportunity to collectively reflect on their pedagogic approach and become more aware of student needs, as well as their own. This study focuses on a single university, but it helps to shed light on the challenges, implications and also the potential that a language shift can bring. The findings suggest that professional development to support lecturers should be designed to address not only language needs but also to offer space for reflection on practice and to raise awareness of the "inherent multilingualism" of higher education (van der Walt, Christa. 2013. "Multilingual Higher Education: Beyond English Medium Orientations." Bristol: Multilingual Matters.).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
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