Trends and Developments for the Future of Language Education in Higher Education
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Trends and Developments for the Future of Language Education in Higher Education

Catherine Hua Xiang (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)
Pages: 300
ISBN13: 9781799872269|ISBN10: 1799872262|EISBN13: 9781799872283|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7226-9

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This book aims to capture the trends and ongoing development in the language education in higher education and particularly the impact of the Covid-19. The lockdown and pandemic forced many universities around the world to respond to how to provide good education and valuable experiences to students remotely. This has an unprecedented impact on language education. Language education tends to require more face to face interaction and longer hours. The challenges of ensuring the future and development of the discipline in such crisis are equally unprecedented.

The book therefore aims to provide an overview of a global picture of best practices as well as research in the recent time. It will hope to demonstrate the changing nature of the language education in terms of its policy, curriculum design, methodology and innovation. It aims to argue how a much more collaborated, global, and interdisciplinary mindset and approach has emerged through recent years and will continue to shape the future development of the field.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Catherine Hua Xiang works in the Language Centre at the London School of Economics. Her major research interest is in the field of applied linguistics, cross-cultural communication and pragmatics. Her PhD research looks into speech acts; particularly, it explores the linguistic and cultural differences in apology strategies used in UK and China. She is also interested in teaching material development in teaching Mandarin as a foreign language and is the author of 'Mastering Chinese' - a textbook for complete beginners of Mandarin Chinese. She is currently researching the implications of e-learning in foreign language teaching and learning.