Higher Education and Research

Language Policies in Higher Education

“… Academic mobility raises some questions of policy, such as whether to teach academically mobile students in the language of the host institution or in a widely understood foreign language. Do institutions attract students by teaching them in a language they already understand or by offering them the opportunity to learn a new one? What should be the response of institutions to situations of bilingualism or of linguistic minorities?

These are only some of the questions language policies in higher education should seek to address, and it may be worth bearing in mind that not having a language policy is also a policy, even if only in absentia and even if it may safely be assumed that conscious and well thought out policies give better results. …”

(excerpt from Sjur Bergan’s “A Word from the Editor”, “Language Policies in Higher Education: Invitation to a Debate” publication, Council of Europe Publishing, 2003).

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