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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.

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Summary and policy perspective

The wave of globalisation sweeping the university sector is the main catalyst for the work of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Parallel Language Group. Higher education and research are increasingly multilingual activities that require highly developed language policies. In this report, the Group sets out 11 recommendations on the use of local and international languages at universities in the Nordic Region.

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