ICLHE 2018 Symposium

Title: Plurality and singularity: Multilingual policies and specific situated academic actions

Date: 18-19 October 2018

Venue: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Jaume 1 Building (Ciutadella Campus), Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27, 08005 Barcelona.


The symposium explored the linguistic and cultural atmosphere of higher education institutions where the social environment may demand the use of two or more languages and where the stakeholders, in particular students and staff, may have many different first languages and may hold competences in three, four, five or even more languages. This symposium unravelled some of the ways in which multilingual policies can support universities in recognizing and developing their own specificities in a highly globalized world. The symposium also reflected on the tension between a hegemonic university system -which tends to blur language diversity to offer teaching and research just in English- and language policies that stimulate multiple language practice. A key question for the symposium was: How can universities make good use of the diversity of languages and cultures in their community to strengthen their uniqueness?

See the UPF website for additional details (click here).


Thursday 18 October: UPF seminar, UPF/ICLHE Keynote followed by ICLHE Annual General Meeting  2018.

Heath Rose (University of Oxford, UK): (plenary). Problematising the E in EMI: Global Englishes as a pedagogic alternative to the English-only fallacy of EMI.

The ICLHE Annual General Meeting was followed by an Art Track (guided walk, by students, around the artistic heritage of UPF in this part of Barcelona), ending at the venue for dinner.

Friday 19 October: ICLHE Symposium. Speakers:

Joyce Kling & Sanne Larsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark). Towards a multilingual strategy at the University of Copenhagen: Qualifying and expanding parallel language policy.

Robert Wilkinson & René Gabriëls (Maastricht University, Netherlands). Plurilingual students in EMI: Variable language use, educational democracy and linguistic justice.

Helen Basturkmen (University of Auckland, New Zealand). Strategies for dealing with language issues during classroom interaction in disciplinary teaching: The perspectives of two Accounting lecturers.

Carmen Pérez & Mireia Trenchs (Universitat Pompeu Fabra). Language Policy at UPF.

PhD event, chaired by Ute Smit (University of Vienna, Austria): Speakers:

  • Balbina Moncada (University of Lleida, Spain): Lecturers’ accounts of English language learning and teaching in EMI.
  • Samantha Curle (University of Oxford, UK): Japanese professors’ attitudes towards English Medium of Instruction for academic subjects in the Japanese higher education context.
  • Monica Clua (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Spain): Actions speak louder than words: A multimodal appraoch to interactional competence in an English-medium university lecture.

Round Table: speakers include Patrick Studer (ZHAW, Switzerland), Emma Dafouz (Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain), Kevin Haines (University of Groningen, Netherlands), Jenny Valcke (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden), Carmen Pérez (UPF, Barcelona), Mireia Trenchs (UPF, Barcelona).

Slides of the presentations are available in the Member Zone.


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