BILINGUAL TEACHING AT CEIA3 UNIVERSITIES: STUDENTS' PERCEPTIONS ON TEACHING METHODOLOGIES
1 Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (SPAIN)
2 University of Almeria (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 5-7 March, 2018
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:The spread of bilingual programs has become a mainstream in European and Spanish universities in the last decade. This trend is motivated by the guidelines of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) to promote the acquisition and use of more than one foreign language. Within this context, a strong concern on the teaching methods used in university classrooms to convey academic contents through a foreign language has arisen. Despite the recent development of studies on evaluation of bilingual programs in higher education, few studies have focused on the teaching methodologies used in these contexts from a student perspective. This study examines the students’ perceptions on the teaching methodologies used in bilingual courses at ceiA3 universities – a consortium composed by the universities of Almeria, Cordoba, Jaen, Cádiz and Huelva. For this purpose, an online questionnaire was submitted to students participating in such bilingual programs. Results show that the teaching methodologies with a higher satisfaction rate are master classes, conferences and debates, while the two latter represent those with a higher difficulty rate for the students.
Keywords: Bilingualism, higher education, methodologies, perceptions, students.