More Parallel, Please!

Best Practice of Parallel Language Use at Nordic Universities: 11 Recommendations

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More parallel, please is the result of the work of an Inter-Nordic group of experts on language policy financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers 2014-17. The book presents all that is needed to plan, practice and revise a university language policy which takes as its point of departure that English may be used in parallel with the various local, in this case Nordic, languages. As such, the book integrates the challenge of internationalization faced by any university with the wish to improve quality in research, education and administration based on the local language(s). There are three layers in the text: First, you may read the extremely brief version of the in total 11 recommendations for best practice. Second, you may acquaint yourself with the extended version of the recommendations and finally, you may study the reasoning behind each of them. At the end of the text, we give some suggestions for further reading in this highly explosive area.



Eleven recommendations for best parallel language practice in Nordic universities

Every university should have a language policy that incorporates thinking about internationalisation policy and relates to both national language policy frameworks and to the role of the university in its local community, however that is defined. A language policy is a publicly accessible document that sets out the overarching principles for the use of language for various purposes within a university. It should be the result of a wide-ranging debate conducted at all levels and involving all groups affected, so that the principles and consequences are generally accepted. The language policy should be adopted by and explicitly embedded in the university management, so that the management pays attention to it at all times. It should also be written in parallel languages, so that it is accessible in at least one local and one international language. Examples of best practice:


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