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The Promotion of Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity through the aquatic sciences ERASMUS network AQUA-TNET


The ERASMUS academic network AQUA-TNET, prompted by reports of a lack of concern regarding language training provision for exchange students which had been raised in successive European Universities Association Trends reports, carried out a detailed examination of the language training provided by its partners for exchange students through its Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity (LLLD) group. The group carried out several European-wide surveys to ascertain whether the reported lack of concern was also evident in the AQUA-TNET partnership. The results of these surveys reveal some disparity between staff and student perceptions of language provision for exchange students. The group also investigated the incidence of English as the main delivery language for aquatic science courses, as well as the need for language provision at the basic rather than the intermediate or advanced level, as advocated by the academic sector. The AQUA-TNET LLLD group’s activities were responsible for several studies and reports used to inform or update the network on developments relevant to their language learning policies: desk study on marine science courses in the AQUA-TNET network; review of European schools’ language (and science) policies; reports on EUROPASS, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the use of the Internet for delivery of multilingual language learning. The needs analysis derived from the student survey on online language course provision led to changes in the chosen online language course.

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The authors would like to thank the members of the AQUA-TNET LLLD core group for their work on the studies and surveys on which the present paper is based: Roisin Nash, W.D. McConnell and E. Grahl-Madsen. We are grateful to the students and others who helped to realise the PESCALEX Induction Language Game by translating  and recording the Polish and Turkish versions. We would also like to thank Fotini Pateraki for her graphics in the PESCALEX online and hard copy Multilingual Language Lessons. We are especially grateful to the support given by the Irish LDV agency Leargas. The PESCALEX Multilingual Language Lessons came from two LEONARDO DA VINCI projects (IRL/05/B/F/LA-153180 and LLP/LdV?TOI/2008/IRL-509) funded under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme through Leargas, Ireland.

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Eleftheriou, M., Heral, A. The Promotion of Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity through the aquatic sciences ERASMUS network AQUA-TNET. Aquacult Int 23, 805–823 (2015).

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  • Linguistic diversity
  • Multilingual
  • Foreign language teaching
  • Common European Framework of References for Languages
  • Bologna Process
  • Language game