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Foreign Language-Medium Studies in Tertiary Education: Opportunity for Language Learning and Gateway to European Mobility

Seminar at Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu (VAMK), University of Applied Sciences: 10.9. – 11.9.2007

Target group: Language teachers, all teachers involved in teaching through another language and administrative personnel

Most universities of applied sciences offer part of their teaching through a foreign language – either in the form of degree programs or shorter teaching modules of units. What happens to the learner in these programs in terms of language attainment? Is there need for optimizing the pedagogical arrangements? Should more flexible FL-medium options be provided and how?

In our seminar, we will explore issues related to these topical questions. Whether your interests are research projects or sharing experience – or just networking – you will be very welcome to attend. We also provide a concrete hands-on workshop for those interested in hands-on action on implementing and improving FL-medium teaching modules.

Besides our research and teaching personnel giving presentations related to local experience, we are pleased to have professor Sauli Takala, a well-known expert on European language policy, as the key-note speaker.

The main themes covered in presentations and workshops include the following:

  • Language attainment in FL-medium environments in light of current research knowledge
  • Subject teacher’s and language teacher’s role in language development
  • Different models of FL-Medium Instruction
  • FL-medium modules and European funding

Papers on any related topic – or other aspects – presenting practical examples, research projects, best practices etc – are very welcome. If you do not wish to present a paper, participation in the workshops is also appreciated.

Our seminar will be arranged as a parallel program during the international week of Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu (VAMK), University of Applied Sciences (9 – 12 th September), where many staff members from partner universities will meet to present their organisations and countries and strengthen their co-operation within the framework of European programs for education and training. The seminar participants are very welcome to join this main program. If you visit us on Erasmus exchange basis, you may opt to give a related presentation to our main program.

We look forward to seeing you in Vaasa in September. By pooling pedagocial and research experiences together we will achieve better FL-medium practices on the European level!

For more information contact: eeva.rauto@puv.fi tel. +358408431567