Contact email@example.com to register for the mailing list.
Maastricht University, the Netherlands, is pleased to host the third conference in Europe that specifically addresses issues affecting the interface between content and language in higher education: “Integrating content and language in higher education” (ICLHE 2013).
In the decade after the implementation of the Bologna Declaration in Europe, with its impacts across the world, the higher education landscape has changed radically, even if we do not always notice it. Universities are increasingly competing for students and staff. They are acutely aware of their relative rankings, and they are critically concerned about the delivery of quality education.
In this landscape universities have been offering many programmes at bachelor’s and master’s level in other languages, especially but not only in English. How successful are these programmes? How do students access the content knowledge? How does their language knowledge evolve? How are the staff affected? And the universities as a whole? What has research taught us? These are some of the questions that ICLHE 2013 is designed to address.
ICLHE 2013, organized by ExHEM and Maastricht University Language Centre, thus focuses on the integration of disciplinary content learning and language learning affecting universities and other institutes of higher education worldwide. In particular, following on from the previous ICLHE Conferences in 2003 and 2006, it highlights research into issues affecting higher education learning through a foreign language.
ICLHE 2013 addresses key themes such as:
- policy: how local, regional, national and supra-national policies shape the design and implementation of the integration of content and language in higher education.
- linguistic strains: the impact of the rise of English-medium instruction on the role of other languages and cultures in the higher education landscape
- content: ICL and the access to content knowledge
- language: the evolution of language competencies in ICLHE programmes
- theory: theoretical frameworks for underpinning the integration of content and language