The Challenges of the Multilingual and Multicultural Learning Space
In the development towards the EHEA, many HEIs are facing challenges formerly unknown to them: students and lecturers alike form much more heterogeneous groups than ever before, speaking a wide spectrum of languages and representing a wide spectrum of cultural backgrounds in what may be termed the Multilingual and Multicultural Learning Space (M&MLS).
The overarching aim of IntlUni is to identify the quality criteria that should characterise teaching and learning in the M&MLS, and to develop recommendations for how HEIs may implement and ensure the sustainability of quality teaching and learning in the M&MLS. The concrete objectives of the project are therefore:
- To identify the linguistic, cultural and pedagogical/didactic challenges in the various types of HEIs in the typology;
- To identify possible ways to meet these challenges within different HE teaching and learning cultures;
- To identify examples of successful practice in different scenarios;
- To identify a set of quality criteria for teaching and learning in the M&MLS;
- To develop a set of recommendations for the implementation processes that meet these quality criteria at institutional and national levels, as well as recommendations for possible European cooperation in this area.