Discussion note: Challenges and Aspirations of University Language Centres with Particular Reference to Croatia

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dc.contributor.author Poljaković, Ivan
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-07T07:00:57Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-07T07:00:57Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Poljaković, I. (2011). Discussion note: Challenges and Aspirations of University Language Centres with Particular Reference to Croatia. Apples – Journal of Applied Language Studies Vol. 5, 2, p. 37-44
dc.identifier.issn 1457-9863
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/36770
dc.description.abstract The recent political, social and economic changes in Europe have had a great impact on higher education, in particular with regard to foreign language teaching at universities. This has resulted in an increased need for foreign language teaching at universities especially among non-philological studies. The expansion of new language centres has been a step forward in meeting the challenges of the Bologna Process and the emerging multilingual Europe. Language centres play an important role in second language learning especially in teaching foreign languages for specific purposes. However, they have not always been on equal terms with modern language departments and other non-linguistic departments. Language centre staff are often treated with mistrust, and misconception of their work is not uncommon. Several changes need to occur to improve the status of language centres. Firstly, the teaching staff should take more initiatives in researchwhich would ensure a better standing and a more adequate status within the higher education institution they operate in. Furthermore, universities should develop language policies to promote foreign language learning according to the European Council recommendations. This would contribute to a more harmonious cooperation between language centres and other departments at universities. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Jyväskylä
dc.relation.ispartofseries Apples - Journal of Applied Language Studies
dc.relation.uri http://apples.jyu.fi
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dc.title Discussion note: Challenges and Aspirations of University Language Centres with Particular Reference to Croatia fi
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011100711509
dc.subject.kota 612
dc.type.uri http://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticle
eprint.status http://purl.org/eprint/type/status/PeerReviewed

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