The general perception that a good command of English is enough to gain access and to be successful in higher education hides the complexity of learning and teaching in multilingual environments, and this book shows that all higher education environments are multilingual to some extent. Strategies like translation, interpreting and switching from one language to another not only support learning but also build competence for multilingual professional environments. Whether institutions focus on widening access to minoritised communities or whether they want to attract more international students, the book argues that a multilingual pedagogy is needed to improve student access and success. Building on work by Nancy Hornberger, Colin Baker and Ofelia Garcia, the book extends strategies and techniques from bilingual education at school level to multilingual higher education.
Christa van der Walt is Professor of Language Education in the Department of Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University. Her research interests include language-in-education, English language teaching in multilingual contexts and multilingual education. She is the author of Multilingual Higher Education: Beyond English-medium Orientations (2013).
Preface Chapter 1: Theoretical Orientation: The Special Place of Higher Education Chapter 2: Linguistic Diversity in Higher Education: Official and Unofficial Multilingual Settings Chapter 3: Managing the Consequences of Widened Access and Transnational Mobility: The Development of Multiliteracies Chapter 4: Multilingual Pedagogy in HE Classrooms: Approaches and Techniques Chapter 5: From Mono to Multi: New Thinking about Higher Education