Advanced English language competence at the intersection of programme design, pedagogical practice, and teacher research: An introduction

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With a growing societal interest in advanced second language (L2) learning and use due to the implications of globalisation, internationalisation, migration, and various other social, economic, and professional forces, the topic of advancedness has become an area of scholarly concern over the past decades. What kind of knowledge and skills do advanced language users have and how do they communicate? Is an instructed setting at university particularly conducive, perhaps even essential, to advanced-level language learning? What level of proficiency can university students realistically reach after several semesters of advanced-level language education? These are just a few of the questions that are of concern to researchers and practitioners in the fields of second language acquisition (SLA), language education, especially in English as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL) contexts, and language teacher education. This volume offers a curricular and instructional perspective on the question of advancedness by providing a profile of advanced-level language development in a specific institutional context, namely the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. Experienced language teachers, teacher-researchers, and student tutors in the English Language Competence (ELC) programme, the language study component of all curricula offered at the department, reflect on this approach, which rests on the idea that the key actors collaborate at the intersection of (1) programme design, (2) pedagogical practice, and (3) teacher research (i.e., teacher-initiated research to improve practice).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeveloping advanced English language competence
Subtitle of host publicationA research-informed approach at tertiary level
EditorsArmin Berger, Helen Heaney, Pia Resnik, Angelika Rieder-Bünemann, Galina Savukova
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-79241-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-79240-4
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2022

Publication series

SeriesEnglish Language Education

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 602007 Applied linguistics
  • 602008 English studies
  • 503007 Didactics


  • Comprehensive case study
  • Curricular perspective
  • Department of English and American Studies
  • Framework for advanced English competence
  • University of Vienna

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