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Redesigning the Curriculum to Develop Multilingual Academic Literacies : An Analysis of Language Conceptualizations (2020)

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Jalkanen, Juha; Nikula, Tarja

Parent publication: Language Perceptions and Practices in Multilingual Universities

Parent publication editors: Kuteeva, Maria; Kaufhold, Kathrin; Hynninen Niina

ISBN: 978-3-030-38754-9

eISBN: 978-3-030-38755-6

Publication year: 2020

Pages range: 113-135

Number of pages in the book: 400

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Place of Publication: Cham

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-38755-6_5

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Teaching and learning languages for academic purposes have for a long time had an important role in Finnish Higher Education. In this chapter, we analyse the curriculum for multilingual and disciplinary language and communication studies developed at the University of Jyväskylä, which can be seen as one initiative to rethink the ways of organizing the development of language and communication skills at the university level. We are especially interested in how the curriculum is discursively constructed and what kinds of conceptions of language are built into the description of learning outcomes in the curriculum across different disciplines. Our results indicate that multilingual approach is manifested in the curriculum in a multi-layered fashion, echoing multiple voices and ideologies.

Keywords: language teaching; language learning; multilingualism; science communication; curricula; institutions of higher education; higher education policy

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 3

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