About

“Teaching English & Teaching IN English in global contexts” is an international network with teaching resources, online webinars, blogs, interviews with researchers and doctoral students, a dissertation database and forum sections on the topics of English Medium Instruction (EMI) and Global Englishes to explore the linguistic and educational implications of the global spread of the English language.

English Medium Instruction

(EMI) refers to the use of English to teach academic subjects in countries where it is not the primary language of communication. EMI is a growing global phenomenon, particularly as part of the global push to internationalise Higher Education. However, provision is rapidly out-pacing provision and there is a need for more research, and needs analysis research, on how EMI policies are being implemented around the globe. EMI is also being approached in different ways and there are varying support systems offered to staff and students. One of the aims of this network is to provide a forum for research exchange and to foster collaborative projects. It also aims to encourage networking and information exchange between students, researchers and practitioners. The webinars and various teaching resources also aim to make EMI materials accessible to a wide range of audiences and we hope that it will encourage both practitioners and researchers to share resources and establish relationships.

Global Englishes

(GE) is an umbrella term that encompasses research in the diverse, but overlapping fields of English as an International Language (EIL), English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and World Englishes (WE). Research in all of these fields explores the impact of the global spread of English on English users and learners. The term Global Englishes aims to unite the shared agendas of researchers in these fields who explore the diverse use of English associated with its global spread, as well as its implications. It is also closely linked with research in the field of Translanguaging and similar movements in second language acquisition (SLA), such as the multilingual turn, and key ideas emerging from critical applied linguistics. The rise of English as a global language has changed the foundations of how the language is taught and learned. The pedagogical implications of the change in the usage of English by global speakers have led many scholars to call for a paradigm shift in English language teaching away from native English speaking norms. Underpinning this paradigm shift is a change in views of ownership of English, the emancipation of non-native speakers from native speaker norms, a repositioning of culture within the English language, a shift in models of language and a repositioning of the target interlocutor. The establishment of a global network aims to provide a forum for research exchange and to foster collaborative projects in the field of Global Englishes. It also aims to encourage networking and information exchange between students, researchers and practitioners. The webinars and various teaching resources also aim to make Global Englishes Language Teaching (GELT) materials accessible to a wide range of audiences and we hope that it will encourage both practitioners and researchers to share resources and establish relationships.

Website Organisation

To enable the users to navigate through the network more easily, it is divided into two main thematic sections – “Teaching English in global contexts” (Global Englishes) and “Teaching IN English in global contexts” (English Medium Instruction) and it can be found at the following three domains:

www.globalenglishes-emi.education.ed.ac.uk

www.globalenglishes.education.ed.ac.uk

www.emi.education.ed.ac.uk/

Membership

It is free to register and become a member of this network. Registered members can add posts and other content to this website, as well as participate in the discussion forums and receive email notifications about new content. Please add some information about yourself to your account in order to enrich your network profile. You can also sign up to our mailing list by emailing the Network Coordinator (Nicola.Galloway@ed.ac.uk)

Coordinators

You will see from our team page that we have a number of different Advisors and Coordinators (topics and regions) for both sections of our network. We are always happy to expand our team, so please do get in touch if you are interested in any of the current roles or perhaps creating a new one.

Affiliated Member Network

Please see our Affiliated Member Network page for a list of those networks we are affiliated with.

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