European Journal of Language Policy

Transference and transformation for internationalisation in higher education

A case study of Portugal

European Journal of Language Policy (2019), 11, (1), 71–94.

Abstract

This paper is part of the ongoing research on the introduction of the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach in Portuguese higher education institutions, which have undergone an intense process of internationalisation involving mobility and academic collaboration. Beginning with an overview of the pressures of globalisation within the overall framework of the European Union education policies, the more recent internationalisation policies in Portuguese higher education are examined to determine how they have been transferred and transformed institutionally. A query into the existing definitions of internationalisation, both abroad and at home, lead to the reflection on national policies and a potentially broader scope of strategic action in Portuguese institutions in areas such as the internationalisation of curricula content, student development of intercultural skills, and institutional foreign language learning policies.

Cet article fait partie des recherches en cours sur l’introduction de l’approche CLIL/EMILE dans les établissements d’enseignement supérieur portugais, qui ont connu un processus intense d’internationalisation impliquant mobilité et collaboration universitaire. En commençant par un aperçu des pressions de la mondialisation dans le cadre général des politiques éducatives de l’Union européenne, nous examinons les politiques d’internationalisation plus récentes dans l’enseignement supérieur portugais afin de déterminer comment elles ont été transférées et transformées institutionnellement. Une interrogation sur les définitions existantes de l’internationalisation, tant à l’étranger qu’à l’intérieur du pays, a conduit à une réflexion sur les politiques nationales et sur un champ d’action stratégique potentiellement plus large dans les institutions portugaises dans des domaines tels que l’internationalisation du contenu des programmes d’études, le développement des compétences interculturelles des étudiants, et les politiques institutionnelles d’apprentissage des langues étrangères.

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