Language as a Tool
Recent developments in the implementation of the Bachelor’s and Master’s system, the democratisation and internationalisation of higher education, and the introduction of greater flexibility in the education system have given rise to an entirely new educational context. This context demands that students apply other strategies in order to achieve success in their educational careers. Language may be regarded as a tool in competency development in two distinct ways: as a communication tool and through the aspect of language development.
On the one hand, language is the information and communication tool par excellence for plotting a pathway through the complex new educational landscape. It is, after all, beyond doubt that linguistically competent students are better equipped to achieve success in their studies. Those who have good linguistic competency may, for example, be assumed to be able to process information more quickly and effectively. On the other hand, to the student, language is not only a tool but also an objective for further personal development. Language acquisition requires constant attention: linguistic development is a lifelong learning process. Hence, for some students, linguistic development as such is part of the tutoring package.
In this workshop, the focus is entirely on support for and stimulation of language acquisition and its effects on the student. The learning impact of language tutoring extends far beyond linguistic proficiency. The workshop consists of three parts: the story of the student at the beginning of the tutoring pathway, the specific approach of the tutor and the principal achievements reported by the students at the end of the tutoring process.
Linguistic Competency = Competency in Studying
What does a teacher of academic Dutch in the scientific study options do? Two practical examples from the University of Antwerp’s “Monitoraat op maat”: answering exam questions and reading academic tests.