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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.

Further information can be found on the IntlUni website or on Facebook. You may also wish to contact project coordinator Karen M. Lauridsen or project manager Mette Kastberg Lillemose.