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Strengthening Relationships with Canada - showcasing innovative programs and bilateral partnerships that bring significant advances to language learning

Saturday, 8 April 2017
14:00 - 17:00


The goal of this presentation is to showcase some Canadian/Brazilian partnerships in an effort to build on the Canadian Consulate’s mission to facilitate the establishment of meaningful and successful partnerships between Brazilian and Canadian Institutions. In particular a program currently proving very successful that highlights Internationalization Through Blended Language Learning and Curricular Partnerships.

Abstract of Smrt’s Presentation
Online delivery platforms that employ a blended learning approach offer an innovative and engaging solution for Language Learning. This presentation will focus on language education, and how curricular partnerships based on online content sharing serve as a vehicle for internationalization. Initiatives towards internationalization in higher education have evolved since the days of study abroad and faculty exchange in the 1980’s and 1990’s to institutional exchange of course materials and complete curricula (Waterval, Frambach, Driessen, and Scherpbier, 2015). Curricular exchange has the potential to leverage strong partnerships between universities when well implemented.
An outline and discussion of the criteria essential to successful partnerships will provide a segue to the importance of integrating language instruction with academic skills instruction, or foundational programs, for student success. Blended language learning: the integration of technology and face-to-face classroom instruction is presented as a starting point in a broad internationalization strategy.

Abstract of Parana Speaks English´s Presentation
Paraná Speaks English, from a broader program called Parana speaks Languages, is a language program which aims at promoting internationalization in Parana State Universities through the development of the language proficiency. Launched in 2014 by the Secretary of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Paraná, Brazil, the program achieved its second phase, considering international partnerships to earn
access and develop students, teachers and staff's language skills. Considering that, this presentation focuses on the preliminary results achieved with the relationship among the Canadian Consulate, Smart and other Canadian Institutions.


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