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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Location Room BZ F0.03, Universitätsplatz 1 - Piazza Università, 1, 39100 Bozen-Bolzano

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29 Jun 2018 08:30-18:30

International Symposium: Teaching Languages for Specific and Academic Purposes

in Higher Education: English-Deutsch-Italiano

Location Room BZ F0.03, Universitätsplatz 1 - Piazza Università, 1, 39100 Bozen-Bolzano

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With keynote addresses by: Rosemarie Buhlmann (Goethe Institut); Stefania Cavagnoli (Universita degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata); Mark Krzanowski (Centre for Academic English Studies, Surrey International Institute, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics).

The internationalization of higher education has given rise to multilingual and multicultural universities throughout Europe and around the world. The shift toward multilingual and plurilingual education presents both new opportunities and new challenges. These trends especially give new prominence to the role of language teaching and learning within higher education—in particular to the role of teaching and learning Languages for Specific and Academic Purposes.

Building upon the success of a series of four symposia on Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes—which were co-organized by TESOL Italy and the Faculty of Economics and Management at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (unibz)—the Language Centre at unibz is pleased to announce an international symposium which will expand the discourse to Didaktik der Fachsprachen – DaF/DaZ and Didattica dei linguaggi specialistici – Italiano L2/LS.

Specifically, the symposium aims to bring together university instructors and researchers of LSP and LAP in order to share and explore approaches, methods, and practices which have emerged within diverse contexts. Presenters are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute talks on any of the following—and similar—themes of direct relevance to teaching, learning, and assessing English, German, or Italian for specific and academic purposes in higher education contexts:

  • The development of teaching/learning material for LSP/LAP;
  • The development of LSP/LAP syllabi and courses;
  • Developing learning strategies for LSP/LAP;
  • Best practice in teaching and/or assessing LSP/LAP;
  • Second language acquisition in LSP/LAP contexts;
  • The role of the teaching/learning of LSP/LAP in higher education.

Talks will have a clear theoretical framework and be supported with empirical evidence, but will have a practical focus where application for teaching and learning LSP/LAP is evident.

Steering committee: Elena Bonetto, Cristina Boscolo, Michael Joseph Ennis, Daniel Gallo, Sandra Montali, Dietmar Unterkofler, Oscar Vallazza.

International scientific committee: Paolo Balboni (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia); Diane D. Belcher (Georgia State University); Nicoletta Cherubini (Independent); Dan Douglas (Iowa State University); Hans-R. Fluck (Ruhr-Universität Bochum); Maurizio Gotti (Università degli studi di Bergamo); Sunny Hyon (California State University, San Bernardino); Kevin Knight (Kanda University of International Studies); Christian Krekeler (Hochschule Konstanz HTWG); Jesús García Laborda (Universidad de Alcala); Lucilla Lopriore (Universita degli Studi Roma Tre); Marco Mezzadri (Università degli Studi di Parma); Brian Paltridge (University of Sydney); Sue Starfield (University of New South Wales); Daniela Veronesi (Unibz).

Registration: There is no registration fee to attend this event, but all participants must pre-register by 22 June.
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