Book Chapter

Languages at Work: Defining the Place of Work-Integrated Learning in Language Studies

Lara Anderson, Kay Are, Heather Benbow

Intersections in Language Planning and Policy: Establishing Connections in Languages and Cultures | Springer | Published : 2020

Abstract

This chapter makes an argument for the place of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) in tertiary language studies, with specific reference to the Spanish and German programs at the University of Melbourne. Incorporating WIL into our curricula has enabled us to connect students with local communities and cultural institutions, as well as provide them with work-relevant skills, in particular intercultural competence. Providing students with opportunities to develop work-relevant skills has seen us focus our energies not just on the more advanced-level language subjects where students are clearly suited to placements and internships, but also on beginner- and intermediate-level language subjects. An ..

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