Proposal Abstract

With a higher percentage of international faculty and students than ever before at many universities, more often than not students learn and teachers teach through the medium of a foreign language, that is, English. While there is obviously a linguistic dimension to it, it turns out that there is also a cultural dimension that should not be underestimated whether we teach in our first or a foreign language. Have you also noticed the challenges of teaching a heterogeneous group of students with different first languages and cultures? At this presentation you will be introduced to the results of recent Danish, Norwegian and Swedish studies of these challenges as seen from the perspective of both teachers and students. And in an interactive format, you will be invited to share your experience within this field and discuss possible solutions to the problems identified.

Location

Room 2904

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 10th, 4:00 PM Mar 10th, 4:45 PM

Teaching and Learning through a Foreign Language: A Challenging Task

Room 2904

With a higher percentage of international faculty and students than ever before at many universities, more often than not students learn and teachers teach through the medium of a foreign language, that is, English. While there is obviously a linguistic dimension to it, it turns out that there is also a cultural dimension that should not be underestimated whether we teach in our first or a foreign language. Have you also noticed the challenges of teaching a heterogeneous group of students with different first languages and cultures? At this presentation you will be introduced to the results of recent Danish, Norwegian and Swedish studies of these challenges as seen from the perspective of both teachers and students. And in an interactive format, you will be invited to share your experience within this field and discuss possible solutions to the problems identified.