SIG 4: Developing different models for language policies in Higher Education

The SIG, under the auspices and within the framework of the CEL/ELC, aims at formulating recommendations on how to develop different models for language policies in Higher Education and elaborating proposals for future initiatives at European and international level. The Group, open to academic staff and stakeholders inside and outside higher education, will draw from the experience of CEL/ELC SIG on Higher Education Language Policy – HELP (2003) and contribution of its constituents, presently from 28 different institutions, from 19 countries.

The new SIG will map implementations of language policies in HE in different contexts to provide concrete data about how it reflects the overall mission and vision of an institution. Examples of language policies in HE including the core principles, similarities or differences among them will help prepare a set of relevant recommendations.

The Group will develop a comparative analysis of language policies to find the relationship between the strategic documents and the emergent needs at local / regional / national / European / international level.

For the analysis of the expected results of HELP, languages will be seen as core competence and transversal competence for students and staff and they will be also seen as instrument for individual and institutional development within the respect of diversity.

The SIG will draw up:

  • preliminary recommendations to the CEL/ELC,
  • proposals for future research and development projects at European level,
  • a programme of action to engage institutions, key stakeholders and policy makers.

The recommendation will be based on individual institutional reports covering the following questions/topics:

  1. What is the LP policy of your institution? (who designed it? How? How was it evaluated? Is it explicit or implicit? etc.)
  2. Which conceptions of languages and of multilingualism is it based on? (implicitly or explicitly? Ex. core competence, transversal competence, code to communicate, cultural value, identity value, heritage value, lingua franca, etc.)
  3. Which levels does it cover and how (teaching staff, researchers, non-teaching staff, students)?
  4. Which impact does it want to achieve (governance, learning/teaching, research, relationship with the society, etc) and how?
  5. How does it reflect the overall mission and vision of the institution?

The outcomes of the SIG will be presented at the next meeting of the ELC in Berlin on 26 - 27 November 2015.

Manuel Célio Conceição (University of Algarve): mconcei@ualg.pt

Jolanta Urbanikowa (University of Warsaw): jolanta.urbanik@adm.uw.edu.pl