A reflective approach to HE language provision: integrating context and language through semistructured reflection

Haines, K. & Ashworth - Kadwell, A., 2008, Realizing Content and Language Integration in Higher Education. Wilkinson, R. & Zegers, V. (eds.). University of Maastricht, p. 201-211 11 p.

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Taking a sociocultural perspective to second language acquisition, this paper describes the implementation in an HE
curriculum of an approach that encourages students to reflect on language learning in its wider context. Students are
provided with tools for reflection through which they can make clear statements to language providers about their
language learning experiences. This reflection has a positive influence on our courses because it produces greater
awareness of individual learning needs amongst both our students and their teachers. Students can use a range of
structured resources to build on both positive and negative experiences, developing strategies for future language learning
that are relevant not only to their personal development but also to the wider context of their studies. Teachers can make
reflexive use of the information produced for the evaluation of course contents in order to meet the contextualised needs of
future students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRealizing Content and Language Integration in Higher Education
EditorsRobert Wilkinson, Vera Zegers
PublisherUniversity of Maastricht
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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