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Pilkinton-Pihko, Diane; Suviniitty, Jaana; Kauppinen, Tomi – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Living in learning societies encourages learning outside the classroom. Alongside this reality, higher education institutions have been incorporating policies and procedures that support recognition of prior learning (RPL). This development means establishing adequate RPL assessment practices. Our empirical study at the Aalto University Language…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Prior Learning
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Ploettner, Joan Catherine – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Widespread incorporation of English Medium Instruction (EMI) in higher education has created the need for teacher development initiatives (EMITD) to prepare university lecturers whose first language is not English to teach their content subjects in English. The planning and implementation of such initiatives has frequently been assigned to…
Descriptors: Language of Instruction, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, College Faculty
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Rontu, Heidi; Tuomi, Ulla-Kristiina; Gekeler, Petra; Pérez Guillot, Cristina; Schaffner, Sabina – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2019
The organisational status and the main tasks of a university language centre are given different interpretations in different universities. Some language centres find themselves in a challenging situation where the centre's existence seems to be at stake, whereas others prosper and find positively encouraging opportunities for the future. All this…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Staff Development, Strategic Planning
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Ruelens, Elke – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Students in higher education are expected to be autonomous and to become co-owners of their learning. In practice, they need support to advance their autonomy, and formal education is assigned an important role in this development. In order to optimally support the advancement of learner autonomy, educators should be able to define, identify and…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Independent Study
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Marazzi, Alessandra – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Autonomy and self-learning are ongoing challenges for universities generally, and for their language centres specifically when it comes to language learning and acquisition. The University of Modena and Reggio Emilia has always paid attention to both fostering autonomy in its learners and developing customized language learning activities. Among…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Management Systems
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Varcasia, Cecilia – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2019
This paper explores, through the use of the observation checklist and Conversation Analysis (CA), the discourse functions elicited by the dialogic task of the Free University of Bolzano (IT) speaking test. It aims to contribute to content validation, which has been claimed to be especially relevant in paired speaking tests, where interaction is…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Content Validity, Check Lists, Task Analysis
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Sieglová, Dagmar – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2019
This contribution explores motivational factors from the perspective of students in order to design an effective approach to teaching. Its purpose is twofold. First, it pinpoints findings from a student needs analysis regarding their learning in relation to today's teaching reality. Second, the findings serve as the basis for proposing a…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Student Motivation, Foreign Countries, College Students
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Schmidt, Maria Gabriela; Nagai, Noriko; Naganuma, Naoyuki; Birch, Gregory – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2019
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) has been increasingly used to inform language policies and teaching practices in Japan. The Japanese Ministry of Education proposed in 2011 that objectives of English curricula at the secondary education level ought to be stated using the "Can do" schemata of the CEFR and…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Rating Scales, Language Planning, Teaching Methods
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Portman, Daniel; Broido, Monica – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Increasingly, professionally-oriented tertiary institutions are concerned with equipping their students with the English language skills needed in today's global professional world. The recently extended 2018 Common European Framework (CEFR) provides useful guidance to help institutions develop curricula to achieve this goal. This paper describes…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Rating Scales, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Caruso, Elisa – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2018
This article reports on research that questions the existence and use of translingual practices in higher education. On the one hand, the increase of mobility in Tertiary Education leads to the presence of various individual repertoires in the classroom and, on the other hand, the use of scientific texts, usually published in English, is more and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Code Switching (Language), Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Fratter, Ivana; Marigo, Luisa – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2018
The growing number of internationally mobile students who present Italian L2 language certificates on entry has led the University of Padua Language Centre (CLA) to reflect on whether it should maintain an online placement testing as a means of placing students in the relevant classes (Fratter, Ivana & Altinier. Micol 2015. Gli apprendenti di…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Placement, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Seppälä, Riina – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2018
In today's world, individuals should be able to maintain their expertise amidst constant changes. Thus, this type of agency should be supported in higher education. One approach for a teacher-researcher to examine supporting agency and how it manifests itself in higher education courses is through the learning design. In this article, learning…
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, Instructional Design, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Niinivaara, Janne; Vaattovaara, Johanna – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2018
This article deals with a learning environment survey conducted among University of Helsinki students and language teachers in the university's Language Centre (LC). The survey was designed to acquire information for the development of a practical strategy for the digitalization of language learning and teaching by the local LC. The article…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, College Students, Student Surveys
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Olejarczuk, Edyta – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2018
A considerable body of research has grown up on learners' perceptions of computer-assisted language learning, clearly a key consideration for curriculum designers and teachers involved in the planning and deployment of technology. This article aims to contribute to this work by focusing specifically on learners of English for Specific Purposes…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Beliefs, English for Special Purposes, English (Second Language)
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Morrison, Bruce; Evans, Stephen – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2018
In an increasingly globalised world, English-medium tertiary education has become increasingly prominent and sought after. However, non-native speaker (NNS) school-leavers entering an English-medium university, whether as NNS local students or as international students, not only encounter those challenges faced by all freshmen students, but often…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language of Instruction, Foreign Students, College Freshmen
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