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LINGUIST List 23.5296

Sun Dec 16 2012

Books: Competency-based Language Teaching in Higher Education: Pérez Cañado (Ed)

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 11-Dec-2012
From: Jolanda Voogd <Jolanda.Voogdspringer.com>
Subject: Competency-based Language Teaching in Higher Education: Pérez Cañado (Ed)
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Title: Competency-based Language Teaching in Higher Education
Series Title: Educational Linguistics

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Springer

Book URL: http://www.springer.com/education+%26+language/book/978-94-007-5385-3

Editor: María Luisa Pérez Cañado

Hardback: ISBN: 9789400753853 Pages: 208 Price: Europe EURO 99.95


Spanning the divide between the theory and praxis of competency-based teaching
in tertiary language education, this volume contains invaluable practical
guidance for the post-secondary sector on how to approach, teach, and assess
competencies in Bologna-adapted systems of study. It presents the latest
results of prominent European research projects, programs of pedagogical
innovation, and thematically linked academic networks.

Responding to a profound need for a volume addressing the practical aspects of
the newly designed language degrees now being rolled out across Europe, this
essential contribution pools the insights of a prestigious set of scholars,
practitioners, and policy makers from diverse parts of Europe and the US. It
will inform crucial decisions about instituting and evaluating competencies in
a new generation of language studies programmes.

"This volume offers a diversity of perspectives with contributions from both
European and North American experts. Although the primary focus of the volume
is on Europe, with an explicit goal of bridging the gap between the theory
and practice of competency-based teaching in the context of the creation of
the European Higher education Area (EHEA) and the implementation of the
European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), its implications for language
education clearly transcend geographic boundaries. The concept of competencies
is closely linked to a learner-centered, meaning-based model of learning in
which learner autonomy plays a central role and which emphasizes lifelong
learning. In bringing together current research perspectives from both sides
of the Atlantic, the volume successfully underscores the shared challenges of
transforming language education in a globalized, postmodern world." Nelleke
Van Deusen-Scholl, Director of the Center for Language Study , Yale College,

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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