Language in higher education
Coordinator: Associate professor, Jan Lindschouw
The internationalisation of universities and higher education programmes has led to an increased focus on the meanings and functions attributed to language in academic studies and other types of academic work in and outside universities.The question of what characterises academic language and how this aspect of students’ linguistic repertoire can be developed has therefore become increasingly relevant. Exploring this issue requires more analyses of language use and language acquisition at the university, as well as a focus on the quality and effect of the educational methods used throughout the educational system. Internationalisation makes it relevant to examine the content of foreign language courses and in particular to take a fresh look at the connections between students’ backgrounds, their needs and future plans. In addition, increasing internationalisation makes it necessary to experiment with new forms of university education, for example by linking languages and subject areas.
A central aim of the platform is to integrate research on language (learning) and language teaching so that research informs teaching and teaching informs research at all levels of the Danish educational system (primary, secondary and tertiary education). This will lead to more student involvement in language research projects and more widespread use of research methodologies in teaching.
- The role of language and languages in teaching and learning in higher education.
- Foreign-language acquisition, learning processes and tools (IT).
- The interaction between language, culture and society in educational contexts.
- The development of research-based teaching proficiency in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.The development of ways in which to quantify students’ language skills at the start of foreign-language programmes and to identify their language needs.
- Use of digital information sources such as online text corpora in language learning and teaching.
- Challenges of applied linguistics in multilingual settings.
Several members are involved in the University of Copenhagen’s 2016 language strategy, the Consortium for Language Didactics in Primary Schools, and the Faculty of Humanities’ partnerships with the university college, especially UCC and VIA.
- Academic language use, in particular academic vocabulary, in different domains and genres. The use of general, academic and domain specific collocations (English/Danish). Response patterns in word association data in English and Danish.
- Internationalisation of education. English as a lingua franca and sociolinguistic change. Effects of English-medium instruction (EMI) on teaching and learning in higher education. The multilingual, multicultural classroom. Attitudes towards teachers’ English in Danish Higher education. Language diversity among students.
- Foreign-language acquisition, learning processes and tools (IT). Danish as a second language in academia. Danish learners’ acquisition of English pronunciation.
- The interaction between language, culture and society in educational settings. The relation between grammar, usage and culture (Spanish). Construction of identities through discourse (Portuguese).
- The development of research-based teaching proficiency. Teacher cognitions in relation to glossing of texts used in English language teaching in secondary education. The development of academic wordlists in Danish, Swedish and Norwegian.
- The development of ways in which to quantify students’ language skills at the start of foreign-language programmes. Language assessment and testing. Use of standardized language proficiency test scores for college admission (English).
- The improved use of digital information sources. Linguistic variation and corpus linguistic methodologies (Spanish).
- Language policy in theory and practice.
- Translanguaging as teaching and learning practices.
- Academic literacies.
- Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).
- Intercultural communicative competences.
- Plurilingual education.
- Building bridges across the curriculum (German).
|Albrechtsen, Dorte||Associate professor||+45 353-28610|
|Daryai-Hansen, Petra||Associate professor||+45 353-34482|
|de Oliveira, Sandi Michele||Associate professor||+45 353-28430|
|Dimova, Slobodanka||Associate professor||+45 353-28173|
|Holmen, Anne||Director of centre, professor||+45 353-28174|
|Jensen, Christian||Associate professor||+45 353-30019|
|Kappa, Katherine||PhD fellow||+45 353-35794|
|Larsen, Sanne||Research academic officer||+45 353-28448|
|Lindschouw, Jan Juhl||Associate professor||+45 353-28432|
|Löbl, Stephanie Kim||PhD fellow||+45 353-34972|
|Mortensen, Janus||Associate professor||+45 353-34020|
|Pedersen, Johan||Associate professor||+45 353-28428|
|Sandberg, Anna Lena||Associate professor||+45 353-28156|
|Strudsholm, Erling||Associate professor||+45 353-28437|
|Verstraete-Hansen, Lisbeth||Associate professor||+45 353-30089|
|Westbrook, Pete||Academic language consultant||+45 353-28168|
See list of selected publications by researchers involved in the platform.