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Education & Language | Competency-based Language Teaching in Higher Education

Competency-based Language Teaching in Higher Education

Series: Educational Linguistics, Vol. 14

Pérez Cañado, María Luisa (Ed.)

2013, XIV, 194 p.

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  • Provides research-based guidelines for the practical development and evaluation of competencies
  • Furnishes practical guidance on how to approach, teach, and evaluate competencies in the new Bologna-adapted plans of study
  • Pools the insights of a prestigious set of scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers from diverse parts of Europe and the U.S.​

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, USA

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Assessing transferable generic skills in language degrees - Bologna-adapted plans of study - Challenges facing higher education language teaching in Europe - Competency-based teaching in tertiary language education - European Higher Education Area - European project ADELEEES - European research projects - Higher Education - Language teacher education in Spain - Technologies for performance-based assessment

Related subjects » Education & Language - Learning & Instruction - Linguistics

Table of contents 

Preface by Guy Haug .- Introduction and Overview by María Luisa Pérez Cañado .- Part I: Adapting to a Competency-based Model in Tertiary Education: Necessary Changes in Language Teaching .- 2. From Content to Competency: Challenges Facing Higher Education Language Teaching in Europe by Ian Tudor .- 3. Adapting to a Competency-based Model in Tertiary Education: Lessons Learned from the European Project ADELEEES  by María Luisa Pérez Cañado .- Part II: Teaching Competencies in Tertiary Language Education .- 4. Competences and Foreign Language Teacher Education in Spain by Daniel Madrid Fernández & Stephen Hughes .- 5. Promoting Competency-based Language Teaching Through Project-based Language Learning by Melinda Dooly .- 6. Addressing the Language Classroom Competencies of the European Higher Education Area through the use of Technology by Greg Kessler & Paige D. Ware .- 7. Teaching Competencies through ICTs in an English Degree Programme in a Spanish Setting by Barry Pennock-Speck .- 8. Exploring Pedagogy for Autonomy in Language Education at University: Possibilities and Impossibilities by Manuel Jiménez Raya .- Part III: Evaluating Competencies in Tertiary Language Education .- Competency –based Corrective Feedback in Higher Education Second Language Teaching: Perspectives from Empirical Research and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages by Kent Löfgren .- 10. Assessing Transferable Generic Skills in Language Degrees by María José Terrón-López & María José García-García .- 11. Technologies for Performance-based Assessment by Marta González-Lloret .- 12. Teaching and Learning Languages in the Era of Globalisation by Karen M. Lauridsen

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