On the 22nd of October 2013, IEREST hosted in Bologna a seminar by Prof. Jim Coleman (The Open University, UK) titled "European Student Mobility and Englishisation of Higher Education".
The seminar: Student mobility and the use of the English language in university teaching and research are two issues which impact both on academic research and on national and institutional policy. This talk will review the most recent findings on mobility and Englishisation, which are usually treated as separate concerns, but will also explore the links between them. Adopting the perspectives of both applied linguistics and European educational policy, Professor Coleman will consider the objectives of mobility for the individual student, for universities, and for the European Union, particularly from a linguistic point of view. He will also look at the growing phenomenon of offering – and in some cases imposing – teaching through the medium of English, and how the globalisation and marketisation of higher education are increasingly dictating the decisions of all those involved in higher education.
The speaker: Jim Coleman , MA, PhD, FHEA, FCIL, FRSA, Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques, is Professor of Language Learning and Teaching at the UK’s largest university, which each year teaches languages to more than 10,000 students. As elected Chair of the University Council of Modern Languages, he speaks for the university Modern Language community to the UK Government, to funding agencies and to the media. He is also Editor-in-Chief of System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, one of the world’s top language education journals. A prolific author and speaker, with 14 authored or co-edited books and over 100 other publications, as well as over 170 presentations in 25 countries, including conference plenaries, he is best known for research into student mobility, and for his influential 2006 article ‘English-medium teaching in European higher education’ (Language Teaching 39, 1: 1-14).