Challenges of Educational Leadership in Quality University Language Program with Multi-Disciplinary Offering and Multi-Mode Delivery

By Lynne Li.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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This article addresses the increasingly multivariate needs brought about by the changing world and its multicultural and multilingual learners, and the impact these multi-faceted needs have on the university program design, including the challenges they pose on the post-modern role of educational leadership. The discussion starts from the current practices in the universities around language program design and delivery, weaving the learning experiences of multicultural/multilingual learners and teaching experiences of university knowledge workers, together with the traditional role of educational leadership in relation to the standards/benchmarks and university governance. University enrolment data are cited in order to delve into the cohort of multicultural and multilingual learners in university language programs, and into the multivariate nature of these learners’ needs, such as in learning capabilities and career pathways. Finally the context for multi-disciplinary and multi-mode offerings in university language programs is drawn in conjunction with the implications upon the changing qualities of effective educational leadership.

Keywords: Educational Leadership, University Teaching and Learning, Multilingualism, Multiculturalism, Multi-Disciplinary, Curriculum Design, Needs Analysis

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.107-118. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 652.021KB).

Dr. Lynne Li

Lecturer, School of Global Studies, Social Sciences and Planning, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Lynne Li, born in Chongqing, China, studied English and American Studies at the Sichuan Foreign Language Institute and at John Hopkins-Nanjing University before doing her M.A. in applied linguistics at Nanjing University. Her Ph. D. thesis at RMIT University was entitled Grouping Practices and Individual Differences in Adult ESL Programs – With Special Reference to High English Language Achievers. She is now lecturer in language studies at RMIT University as well as being the Coordinator of the Chinese Language Program. She has also lectured in the English-as-a-Global-Language strand for Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) program, especially regarding business English, and in TESOL/LOTE methodology for Graduate Diploma in Education and Bachelor of Education. She has supervised postgraduate students in areas such as Business English Competence of Thai Engineers in the Automotive Industry and the motivation to learn English by Chinese students.


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