ELF9 is organized by the research group Cercle de Lingüística Aplicada (CLA) (www.cla.udl.cat), whose main task is strongly related to ELF in that it focuses on the study of the roles of multilingualism and interculturality in formal education, often with the English language taking a centre stage function. Within this general theme, the CLA has focused mainly on the development of language awareness and communicative competence by multilingual learners, the profile and training of non-native EFL teachers, the introduction of English as a medium of instruction, the development of intercultural competence, and the effects of internationalisation on multilingualism in higher education.
The research programme of CLA has two lines of development: basic research and transfer of knowledge.
The main goal of the first line is to describe and explain the relationship between policies, ideologies and communicative practices in higher education in connection with multilingualism and internationalisation. The second goal in this leg is to develop a series of materials to be used as referents for good practice in the training of academic staff. The second line of research involves the development of the ‘Observatory of plurilingualism in Catalan universities’ which aims to contribute to the development of multilingual and internationalisation policies by Catalan universities, providing them with both information as well as ideas and models for good multilingual practices.
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