Preparing Modern Languages Students for 'Difference': Going beyond Graduate Skills by Ruth WhittlePreparing Modern Languages Students for 'Difference': Going beyond Graduate Skills by Ruth Whittle

Preparing Modern Languages Students for 'Difference': Going beyond Graduate Skills

byRuth Whittle, Sandra Salin

Paperback | April 3, 2017

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This book informs and encourages aspiring lecturers and teaching staff in Modern Languages who prepare students for using their language skills in and out of the classroom. Drawing on pedagogical, psychological and language-specific concepts of learning, the book illustrates how such concepts can enhance students’ experience of transitioning from school to university to residence abroad, and beyond.

A key feature of the study is an investigation of students’ fragility as they transition from school to university and, only two years later, from their home institution to their placements abroad. Interventions intended to «teach» transition are shown to be unsuccessful, as the learning through such interventions tends to remain superficial. First-year students are shown to benefit from trust-building between students and teachers and early networking among their peers to build self-confidence. In contrast, prior to studying abroad students benefit more from intercultural awareness training, including linguistic, cultural, social, academic and/or emotional aspects.

The book serves as a useful basis for discussion in Modern Languages departments about curriculum change and university policy with regard to resourcing the Humanities.

Ruth Whittle is Senior Lecturer in German Studies at the University of Birmingham. In 2014 she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, which recognises «excellent practice and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education» (HEA). She has widely researched and published in the areas of language study and inter...
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Title:Preparing Modern Languages Students for 'Difference': Going beyond Graduate SkillsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:April 3, 2017Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034322380

ISBN - 13:9783034322386

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CONTENTS: Ruth Whittle with Sandra Salin: Introduction – Ruth Whittle: Profile of a Modern Languages Student: A Story of Transitions – Ruth Whittle: Where is Potential Lost and Why? Modelling «Difference» – Sandra Salin: Assessing How Students Cope with Change, Challenges and Difference through Year Abroad e-Portfolio Blogs – Ruth Whittle: Case Studies on Change Management from Induction to Graduation and Beyond – Sandra Salin: The Better French Living Project: Preparing Students for «Difference» in France – Ruth Whittle: Conclusions and Outlook.