Multilingual Higher Education
Beyond English Medium Orientations
Author: Christa van der Walt
- Paperback - 216 pages
- 12 Apr 2013
- Multilingual Matters
- 234 x 156 (R8vo)
This book argues that a multilingual approach to higher education is imperative in an increasingly globalised education environment. Higher education cannot afford a narrow focus on English language proficiency; this book addresses the need to acknowledge other languages explicitly in classroom instruction and in student learning to improve student success, to widen access and to internationalise institutions.
Trailblazing in its challenge of the sole role of English in shaping multilingual higher education, this book not only offers readers practical information on structures and pedagogies being used in multilingual higher education across the globe, but theorizes what it all means in a context of widened access to universities and increased transnational mobility. A comprehensive, well-written integration of scholarship on multiliteracies, language planning, pedagogies, and higher education that is bound to become a classic in its field.
Ofelia García, City University of New York, USA
Multilingualism in higher education is increasingly important with regard to the growing mobility of students across the globe and the hidden influence that higher education has on curricula of secondary and primary education, promoting English as a 'lingua franca' for instance. Van der Walt has written an overview of research in this pressing field of multilingualism, presenting a model of critical insight. It conveys with remarkable context-sensitive understanding the situation of higher education in this time of globalization to the researcher and interested scholar.
Gudrun Ziegler, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Christa van der Walt has been teaching in South African multilingual environments for the past 25 years. Her experience includes secondary schools and higher education institutions in privileged as well as township contexts. The acknowledgement of other languages in the classroom, and in English language classrooms in particular, has been an important theme in her work since the late nineties. In the South African context this stance is particularly important as a means to widen access to higher education and to increase the status of minoritised languages.
Postgraduate Research / Professional