MEDIATION - WHAT IS IT, AND HOW CAN IT BE TRAINED AND TESTED IN ESP COURSES?

Although many school authorities in Germany have already incorporated mediation into school curricula and have included this skill into their school-leaving examinations, there still does not appear to be a high degree of transparency as to what mediation actually is and what the skill of mediation comprises. And there is very little, if any, mention of mediation in academic contexts.
This perceived lack of transparency may well be connected with the fact that the CEFR makes no more than minimal reference to mediation as a communicative skill. And what makes the educationalists decision to include mediation at Abitur level more surprising is that the CEFR does not offer any level definitions for mediation, as it does for all other communicative language skills.
It is an open secret that the CEFR is undergoing revision in terms of precision and extension, one part of which is a section on mediation describing subskills and mediation strategies at various competence levels. These enhancements will probably not be available before 2018.
The session will therefore devote itself to two basic questions:

  • What are the various subskills and strategies involved in the skill of mediation, both in terms of spoken and written mediation?
  • How relevant are these skills and strategies for ESP, and should these be incorporated into ESP courses at university language centres?

Ideally, the session will develop a roadmap for teaching and possibly testing the skills and strategies required for successful mediation in academic and professional contexts.

Referent/in - Presenter/s

  • Geoff Tranter (TU Dortmund, Germany)

Zeit / Time

  • Samstag / Saturday, 25. Februar 2017
  • 11:15 - 11:50 Uhr

Raum / Room

GW2 B3.010

Sprache / Language

Englisch / English