World Masters in Language Teaching: A Dual Degree Global Partnership Model
Abstract: Language education models are being expanded and reimagined, as the global learning environment changes and develop. The author examines a global dual degree partnership model designed and implemented by a large private university, in partnership with universities in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Mexico. The author discusses both the benefits and challenges associated with the model and its implementation. The key strengths of the program include the international study experience that will deepen knowledge of language, teaching, culture, and social context. The model will prepare teacher candidates to adapt to a fast-changing global environment by training them to teach English and another language to a variety of learners in multilingual and multicultural settings in the U.S. and around the world. The model is designed so that teacher candidates will spend part of their time in the US and part of their time in the partner universities in Hong Kong, South Korea or Mexico. In addition to the strengths of the program, the author also discusses the challenges and limitations of the model. The challenges of aligning the administrative procedures of the home university with those of the partner universities are discussed. The challenges involved with aligning the core principles of the subject content are discussed. Finally, the author discusses the limitation involved in the use of online technology between the home and partner universities.