Retos y oportunidades del aula internacional UCM – Mayo 2018


III Edición Seminario “Retos y oportunidades del aula internacional”

07-05-2018 -08-05-2018

Aula magna, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas

Universidad Complutense de Madrid




The internationalization efforts of Spanish HE institutions were impacted by the economic crisis of 2009 and beyond. The birth of the Spanish HE Excellence Programme in 2008-2009 can be seen today as a sad paradox where the urge to foster internationalization was brought to pieces by the worst international crisis of the last decades. Internationalization projects in the context of the excellence campus initiative someway took it for granted that an English turn was urgent. Ten years later, we are in a better position to assess that a new multilingual turn has already happened. This talk will discuss, among others, the the benefits of fostering Kramsch´ (2009) symbolic competence as a powerful tool to improve internationalization efforts in Spanish HE.

Short Bio

Dr. Pascual Pérez-Paredes is a Lecturer in Research in Second Language Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. His main research interests are learner language variation, the use of corpora in language education and corpus-assisted discourse analysis. He has published research in journals such as the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, CALL, Language, Learning & Technology, System, ReCALL or Discourse & Society. He is a member of the editorial board of, among others, Register Studies (John Benjamins). From 2011 to 2014 he was General Coordinator of Campus Mare Nostrum, Spain.

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(Just 5) references

Baker, W., & Hüttner, J. (2017). English and more: A multisite study of roles and conceptualisations of language in English medium multilingual universities from Europe to Asia. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 38(6), 501-516.

Collini, S. (2012)  What Are Universities For? Penguin

Doiz, A., Lasagabaster, D., & Sierra, J. (2011). Internationalisation, multilingualism and English‐medium instruction. World Englishes, 30(3), 345-359.

Kramsch, Claire J. (2009). The multilingual subject: What foreign language learners say about their experience and why it matters. Oxford University Press.

Ortega, L. (2013). SLA for the 21st century: Disciplinary progress, transdisciplinary relevance, and the bi/multilingual turn. Language Learning, 63(s1), 1-24.

Policy documents and useful links

Born global: policy research project (British Academy) Bernadette Holmes

The value of languages. Cambridge Language Sciences Policy document. (PDF)

MULTILINGUALISM: empowering individuals, transforming societies

Lack of language skills + declining numbers in Post-Brexit UK

The Internationalisation of Spanish HE (PDF)

Reengineering the University (PDF) (1999)

Speak to the Future (UK)

Teaching in an age of complexity

VItal languages in the UK – British Council Report


THE Ranking 2018 Methodology