This book seeks to bridge the gap between theory and practice by identifying the main challenges which the implementation of the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is posing in language teaching. It reports on the outcomes yielded by prominent European research projects and thematic networks and presents the insights of a prestigious set of scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers from different parts of Europe.
The book is divided into four main parts. The first section examines the coordination of language studies in the European Higher Education Area, from general language policy development, to the practicalities of coordinating whole degrees or drawing up ECTS study guides. The second part analyses the concept of competencies within the Bologna process. Methodological aspects are broached in the third thematic block by sharing practical accounts and experiences across Europe. The final part seeks to clarify the most important aspects with regard to evaluating language learning in the new credit system, and examines learning outcomes, student work hours, or ECTS credits.
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 251 pp.
The Editor: María Luisa Pérez Cañado is a lecturer at the Department of English Philology of the University of Jáen, Spain.
Her research interests are in Applied Linguistics, English for Specific Purposes, and the intercultural component in language
teaching. Her work has appeared in a notable number of scholarly journals and edited volumes. She is also author of four books
on the interface of second language acquisition and teaching, co-editor of GRETA Journal, and reviewer for ELIA,
The Grove, and Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She has recently been granted the Ben Massey Award for
the quality of her scholarly contributions regarding issues that make a difference in higher education.