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LINGUIST List 18.1360

Sun May 06 2007

Confs: Language Acquisition,English Lang/Finland

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        1.    Eeva Rauto, Foreign Language-Medium Studies in Tertiary Education

Message 1: Foreign Language-Medium Studies in Tertiary Education
Date: 05-May-2007
From: Eeva Rauto <eeva.rautopuv.fi>
Subject: Foreign Language-Medium Studies in Tertiary Education

Foreign Language-Medium Studies in Tertiary Education
Short Title: FL-Medium Studies

Date: 10-Sep-2007 - 11-Sep-2007
Location: Vaasa, Finland
Contact: Eeva Rauto
Contact Email: eeva.rautopuv.fi
Meeting URL: http://www.puv.fi/en/events/flmseminar2007/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Meeting Description:

Foreign Language-Medium Studies in Tertiary Education: Opportunity for Language
Learning and Gateway to European Mobility.

The seminar will discuss the effect of FL-medium intstruction on adult students'
language learning in academic contexts, the need for language teacher
intervention, optimal language attainment in FL-medium learning environments and
the issue of promoting FL-medium teaching units in universities and polytechnics.

Foreign Language-Medium Studies in Tertiary Education: Opportunity for Language
Learning and Gateway to European Mobility.

Most universities and polytechnics in many parts of the world offer part of
their teaching through a foreign language (usually English) - either in the form
of degree programs or shorter teaching modules of units. What happens to the
learner in these programs in terms of language attainment? Is there need for
optimizing the pedagogical arrangements? Should more flexible FL-medium options
be provided and how?

In our seminar, we will explore issues related to these topical questions.
Whether your interests are research projects or sharing experience - or just
networking - you will be very welcome to attend. We also provide a concrete
hands-on workshop for those interested in hands-on action on implementing and
improving FL-medium teaching modules.
Besides our research and teaching personnel giving presentations related to
local experience, we are pleased to have professor Sauli Takala, a well-known
expert on European language policy, as the key-note speaker

The main themes covered in presentations and workshops include the following:

- Language attainment in FL-medium environments in light of current
research knowledge
- Interaction between implicit and explicit knowledge
- Subject teacher's and language teacher's role in students's language
- Different models of FL-Medium Instruction
- FL-medium modules and European funding

If you do not wish to present a paper but would like active participation, there
will be workshops to attend.

More complete information on program, fees and registration:
or contact: eeva.rautopuv.fi tel. +35-840-843-1567.

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