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Multilingual and Multicultural Classroom

This Special Interest Group focuses on the linguistic, cultural and pedagogical/didactic challenges of the international university, particularly on issues related to the Multilingual and Multicultural Classroom for teachers as well as students.

The first preparatory meeting of the SIG took place on 23 October 2009 at the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel. Participants mapped current challenges of the Multilingual and Multicultural Classroom, including what solutions have already been found to these challenges and what remaining questions still need to be answered. The following key issues emerged from the preliminary workshop:

  • the policy dimension: education policy and language policy at national and institutional levels
  • the research dimension: policy research, policy-driven research, and research conducted from the language acquisition, foreign language learning, discourse analysis, and other linguistic points of view; in addition, research in the nexus between the humanities and social sciences.
  • the preparation of in-coming and out-going students
  • the preparation of domestic and international teachers.

A further meeting was held in Freiburg in April 2010. The group applied for EU funding for the development of in-service training modules for teachers as well as international preparation modules for students.