12. Tuning ESP/EAP for mobility, employability and expertise: A pedagogical process of change in focus, insight, and practice
As societies have become internationalised and technological they have simultaneously become more dependent on language and communication. This is particularly true of professional working life, where global networking of experts is a necessity. In order to manage in the labour market, higher education graduates need versatile competence in interactive and intercultural language use and in independent learning. Their preparation presupposes mobility, new instructional designs and new perspectives on what language-related competences might actually comprise. The paper depicts the approaches taken at the thirty-year old University of Jyväskylä Language Centre. Through collegial action research its pedagogical focus has shifted from promotion of language learning skills and add-on adoption of new technologies to close integration of content and language instruction.