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1st Edition

Tools for Teaching in an Educationally Mobile World

ISBN 9780415728010
Published July 1, 2014 by Routledge
216 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Tools for Teaching in an Educationally Mobile World examines the challenges that undergraduate and postgraduate teachers often encounter when working with students from different national and cultural backgrounds. It focuses on the consequences for interactive teaching and for course design in a world where students, ideas and courses are mobile, using examples and experiences from a wide range of disciplines and national contexts. It not only considers Anglophone countries, including the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, but also the use of English as a language of instruction in countries where neither teachers nor students are native English speakers.

This book offers ideas for adjusting and adapting teaching approaches for culturally and linguistically diverse student groups. Students may cross national boundaries to seek accreditation, or the courses may be ‘transnational’, being designed in one country and delivered in another using local as well as ‘fly-in’ faculty. It draws upon growing good practice recommendations using tried and tested methods alongside the extensive and varied experience of the author.

The book is structured around a selection of the most common issues and statements of belief held by educators, with key topics including: 

    • the impact of educational mobility on teaching and learning;
    • teachers as mediators between academic cultural differences;
    • learning and teaching in English;
    • inclusive teaching and learning;
    • encouraging student participation;
    • assessing diverse students.

With a wealth of practical tips and tools that help deal with these issues, this book will be of value to any educator working with students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. It will also interest those involved in the design of curriculum and pedagogy.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Teaching across cultures: the issues and the context  Chapter 1. Teaching educationally mobile students in times of change  Chapter 2. The impact of educational mobility on teaching and learning  Chapter 3. Teachers as mediators of educational diversity and pedagogic variation   Chapter 4. Learning in English, teaching in English: the issues for teachers  Chapter 5. ‘This is your place, too’: working towards inclusive teaching and learning  Section 2: Developing students’ skills for intercultural and communicative competence  Chapter 6. Practical strategies for developing students’ English language proficiency  Chapter 7. Fostering and assessing students’ intercultural competence  Section 3: Intercultural teaching, learning and assessment issues   Chapter 8. Designing programs and courses with an international perspective  Chapter 9. Encouraging student participation in lectures  Chapter 10. Encouraging participation in seminars, tutorials and in supervision  Chapter 11. Managing assessed, collaborative group work involving diverse student groups  Chapter 12. Assessing diverse students: an overview of the issues  Chapter 13. Practical strategies for assessing diverse students and for making assessment accessible, authentic and sustainable  References

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Jude Carroll taught in universities for many years and was awarded a UK Higher Education Academy National Teaching Award in recognition of her work on teaching international students and on learning, teaching and assessment in diverse cultural and linguistic contexts. She collaborated with the HEA-sponsored Teaching International Students project (2009–2011).