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 and has become one of the most significant trends in Higher education in non-Anglophone countries. 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.

Our network aims to provide a space for dialogue, partnerships, communication, exchange of ideas and resource sharing.

What is our research about?

Our EMI team, explores the growth in the number of non-language subjects being taught in English in different contexts, the implementation of EMI policy, the perceived benefits of EMI at the national, institutional and individual level and the number of challenges with successful and sustainable policy implementation. Our researchers are adding to the scarcity of research on EMI.

What difference does our research/network aim to make?

Our network aims to raise awareness of the globalisation of the English language and its impact on education ( both teaching English and teaching other subjects IN English).

The EMI pages aim to improve knowledge and understanding of the growing global phenomenon of teaching subjects in English in contexts where English is not spoken by the majority of the population. The increase in EMI provision has unfortunately not been accompanied by empirical research and the network aims to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to collaborate and explore how EMI policy is implemented into practice. The perceived benefits of EMI cannot be guaranteed and our research has highlighted a number of challenges to successful and sustainable policy implementation.

The network responds to the scarcity of research examining what is happening at the practical level, the need for materials and for increased collaboration amongst content and language specialists. By exploring how government policy goals are being operationalised at the institutional and classroom level, we aim to improve the quality of provision Successful EMI policy implementation requires careful planning to avoid unrealistic expectations and disappointment.

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.

Who might be interested in our network?

Our network aims to raise awareness of the globalisation of the English language and its impact on education ( both teaching English and teaching other subjects IN English).

The EMI pages aim to improve knowledge and understanding of the growing global phenomenon of teaching subjects in English in contexts where English is not spoken by the majority of the population. The increase in EMI provision has unfortunately not been accompanied by empirical research and the network aims to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to collaborate and explore how EMI policy is implemented into practice. The perceived benefits of EMI cannot be guaranteed and our research has highlighted a number of challenges to successful and sustainable policy implementation.

The network responds to the scarcity of research examining what is happening at the practical level, the need for materials and for increased collaboration amongst content and language specialists. By exploring how government policy goals are being operationalised at the institutional and classroom level, we aim to improve the quality of provision Successful EMI policy implementation requires careful planning to avoid unrealistic expectations and disappointment.

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.

复旦大学外文学院-高等教育研究所线上学术论坛

论坛主题:高等教育国际化背景下的语言政策与教学   发言人及主题 日本高校EMI语言规划与留学生的语言管理 郑咏滟 复旦大学外文学院英文系 教授 刘佳琦 复旦大学外文学院日文系 副教授 跨文化教学原则下留学生的学习动机和学习体验研究 丁妍  复旦大学高等教育研究所 副研究员 中国大学西班牙语教师的教学信念研究 鹿秀川 复旦大学外文学院西班牙文系   副教授 “一带一路”背景下语言政策走向及大中小一体化跨文化课程开发的设想 徐冬青 复旦大学高等教育研究所   副研究员 王颖  英国南安普顿大学人文学院现代语言与语言学系 高级讲师   时间:2020年6月29日(周一)14:00–16:30 地点:ZOOM会议ID: 627 855 79364; 密码:020629 会议链接: https://zoom.com.cn/j/62785579364 (登陆zoom平台输入会议ID及密码,或点击会议链接即可免费参加。)

Symposium on Language Pedagogy in Higher Education

For further inquiries, please email: solphe2020@gmail.com

The 8th European Conference on Education (ECE2020)

The 8th European Conference on Education (ECE2020) will be held alongside The 8th European Conference on Language Learning (ECLL2020) in partnership with Birkbeck, University of London and UCL. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other. *ECE 2020 will be held Online (via Zoom) To register: https://ecll.iafor.org/registration/

English Medium: During and post-Covid-19

The current situation with Covid-19 will have an immediate and long term impact on the internationalisation of HE, a major driving force in the adoption of English Medium (EM). This virtual session will explore some of the potential impacts at a micro level (classroom level) on students and content teachers using EM, and longer term […]

Call for papers: Special issue journal of English-medium Instruction

The Journal of English-Medium Instruction (JEMI) announces a call for a 2022 special issue. The purpose of the special issue is to bring together contributions (full papers as well as other types of contributions) dedicated to a specific topic, issue or problem relating to English-Medium Instruction, providing an in-depth engagement with the area in question. […]

Digital Transformation and Smart Systems (DTSS 2019) Conference, Turkey

Mustafa Akıncıoğlu presented a paper titled “English medium Instruction at Universities: A Holistic Approach” during the Digital Transformation and Smart Systems (DTSS 2019) Conference to be held at METU on 23-25 October, in Ankara, Turkey

#EmergingEnglish China-UK Higher Education Online Symposium on English Medium Education (EME)

The #EmergingEnglish China-UK Higher Education Online Symposium on English Medium Education (EME) will share current insight on the China Higher Education context as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic with a particular focus on English Medium Education (EME) and teacher CPD within the sector. The event is hosted by the British Council. Date: Monday 22nd […]

Practitioner Webinar Series

We are pleased to announce that we will be launching our Practitioner Webinar Series this summer!

Upcoming Doctoral Webinars

Upcoming Doctoral Webinars! Here are some upcoming doctoral webinars. Keep an eye out for these videos, coming in July.

Webinar : Teacher Perceptions of EMI in Japan – Dr Mahboubeh Rakhshandehroo

Mahboubeh Rakhshandehroo, a lecturer of Faculty Development (FD) Program at Kansai University, shares a brief literature review of EMI in Japan.

Webinar : Implementing EMI at a University in Turkey: a Pilot Study – Kari Sahan

Kari Sahan shares the findings from her study on EMI policies and classroom language practices at universities in Turkey.

Webinar : English Language Learners Attitudes Toward English Today: a pilot study – Natsuno Funada

Natsuno Funada shares her research around English language learners attitudes toward English today in a Japanese context.

Webinar : Listening comprehension in EMI – Sihan Zhou

Sihan Zhou, a PhD student in Applied Linguistics at the University of Oxford, introduces her research on listening comprehension in EMI.

Webinar : Vocabulary Learning in EMI – Minhui (Becca) Wei

Minhui Wei, a PhD student in Applied Linguistics at the University of Oxford, introduces her doctoral research on vocabulary learning strategies in EMI.

Webinar : EMI in Japan – Ikuya Aizawa

Ikuya Aizawa, a PhD student in Applied Linguistics at the University of Oxford, shares his experiences researching EMI in Japan.

Webinar : The historical development of EMI in Japan – Dr Graham Mackenzie

Dr. Graham Mackenzie from Sophia University presents his research on teacher perceptions of Japanese English medium instruction.

Webinar : Attitudes towards EMI in Japan – Dr Samantha Curle

Dr. Samantha Curle from the University of Bath discusses her doctoral research on attitudes toward EMI in Japan.

Dr Jennifer Jenkins talks about English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)

Exploring Internationalisation of Higher Education: An Analysis of English Language Needs of Chinese Postgraduate Students in the UK

Language and disciplinary learning combined: CLIL challenging conceptions of language skills

Tarja Nikula, Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyvåskylå, gives a talk for the EMI conference.

Lexical diversity and coverage in tertiary-level STEM:
 a corpus-based comparison of English-medium lectures in Anglophone and non-Anglophone contexts

Jessica Briggs, Centre for Research and Development in English Medium Instruction, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the EMI conference.

Sharing your EMI & GE research

Are you interested in sharing your EMI & GE research with our network? In this short video, we explain how you can share your research with us via a short doctoral webinar video. If you have any question, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Natsuno Funada, ‘English Language Learners Attitudes Toward English Today’

Sihan Zhou: Listening comprehension in EMI

Minhui Wei: Vocabulary learning in EMI

Ikuya Aizawa: EMI in Japan

Kari Sahan, “Implementing EMI at a University in Turkey

Dr. Samantha Curle: Attitudes towards EMI in Japan

Dr. Samantha Curle from the University of Bath discusses her doctoral research on attitudes toward EMI in Japan.

Dr Nicola Galloway’s talk at UTokyo

Professional and Global Educators’ Community (PAGE), a global faculty development initiative run by the University of Tokyo, hosted a seminar on English Medium Instruction (EMI) on Saturday 16th February (13:00 – 15:00) at the University of Tokyo. In the seminar, Dr Nicola Galloway, who is the coordinator of this online network, gave a talk “Researching local realities in the growing global phenomenon of English Medium Instruction (EMI) in higher education”. Professional and Global Educators’ Community page-ea@tree.ep.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Facing a Global Challenge at a Local Context: Training in English Medium Instruction at the University of Tokyo

Where: The University of Edinburgh, Paterson’s Land LG34 When: Wednesday 16th January 4:30-6.00 pm Sho Shimoyamada is a Project Researcher at the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education, the University of Tokyo. He works on a Global Faculty Development initiative in one of the University’s campuses. His academic interest includes EMI, internationalisation of […]

English-Medium Instruction from an English as a Lingua Franca Perspective: Exploring the Higher Education Context (book)

  Order page: https://www.routledge.com/English-Medium-Instruction-from-an-English-as-a-Lingua-Franca-Perspective/Murata/p/book/9780815395171    Description: English is increasingly used as a lingua franca (ELF) in communicative situations the world over with the acceleration of globalisation. This is in line with the increased introduction of English-medium instruction (EMI) to higher education institutions in many parts of the world to further promote both students’ and faculty’s […]

Dr Jennifer Jenkins talks about English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)

Dr Jennifer Jenkins talks about English as a Lingua Franca after giving her plenary address on the subject at the TESOL Convention in New Orleans.

Exploring Internationalisation of Higher Education: An Analysis of English Language Needs of Chinese Postgraduate Students in the UK

Alice Shan discusses her research into Internationalisation of Higher Education.

English Medium Instruction Research: What do we know so far and what do we still need to find out?

Ernesto Macaro, Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Oxford, gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series. The exponential growth of English Medium Instruction (EMI) both in Higher and Secondary Education globally has resulted in a similar growth of empirical research on the subject. Of necessity this research to date […]

Language and disciplinary learning combined: CLIL challenging conceptions of language skills

Tarja Nikula, Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyvåskylå, gives a talk for the EMI conference.

Lexical diversity and coverage in tertiary-level STEM:
 a corpus-based comparison of English-medium lectures in Anglophone and non-Anglophone contexts

Jessica Briggs, Centre for Research and Development in English Medium Instruction, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the EMI conference.

English Medium Instruction Research: What do we know so far and what do we still need to find out?

Ernesto Macaro, Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Oxford, gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series.

Research on EMI in Thailand

B Baker, W. (2008). A critical examination of ELT in Thailand: The role of cultural awareness. RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 39(1), 131-146. C Chalapati, S. (2007). Internationalisation of higher education in Thailand: case studies of two English-medium business graduate programs. Coffin, P. (2.14). Challenges and Needs of Professional Development for […]

EMI : Teachers’ perceptions and experiences

Featured reading list

EMI : Professional Development

Featured reading list for this section

GE and EMI in Germany

  1. GE   Altendorf, Ulrike (2003). What would Eliza Doolittle be taught today? or How to define a target variety for British English pronunciation today. Englisch 38:4, 145-152. Bieswanger, Markus (2008). Varieties of English in current English language teaching. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics 38, 27-47. Bieswanger, Markus (2012) Varieties of English in the curriculum. […]

EMI and Teacher Education Programmes in Higher Education

A Aslan, M. (2018). The debate on English-medium instruction and globalisation in the Turkish context: a socio-political perspective. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 39(7), 602-616. https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2017.1417413 B Barnard, R. & Hasim, Z. (eds.) (2018). English medium instruction programmes: Perspectives from South-East Asian universities. New York, NY: Routledge. C Costa, F. & Coleman, J.A. (2013). […]

EMI and GE in Tunisia

B Badwan, K. (2019). Exploring the potential of English as a Medium of Instruction in higher education in Tunisia. British Council. Ben Said, S. (2019). ‘Chameleonic’ English in Tunisia: A Third-Space Language. The American Journal 31 (1), pp. 35-50. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333259672_%27Chameleonic%27_English_in_Tunisia_A_Third-Space_Language Boukadi, S. (2013). Teachers’ perceptions about the future of English language teaching and […]

Internationalisation / Overview of EMI

B Byun, K., & Kim, M. (2011). Shifting Patterns of the government’s policies for the internationalization of Korean Higher Education. Journal of Studies in International Education, 15(5), 467-486. D Dearden, J. (2014). English as a medium of instruction-a growing global phenomenon. British Council. Dafouz, E., & Smit, U. (2020). English-Medium Education in International Higher Education […]

EMI : Policy

A Aizawa, I., & Rose, H. (2019). An analysis of Japan’s English as medium of instruction initiatives within higher education: the gap between meso-level policy and micro-level practice. Higher Education, 77(6), 1125-1142. Ali, N. L. (2013). A changing paradigm in language planning: English-medium instruction policy at the tertiary level in Malaysia. Current Issues in Language […]

EMI : Materials

D Dang, T. N. Y., Coxhead, A., & Webb, S. (2017). The academic spoken word list. Language Learning, 67(4), 959-997. S Syrbe, M., & Rose, H. (2018). An evaluation of the global orientation of English textbooks in Germany. Innovation in language learning and teaching, 12(2), 152-163. M McLean, S., & Kramer, B. (2015). The creation […]

Factors influencing EMI

A Al-Ansari, S. (2000). Sheltered Curricular Exposure and Unsheltered Extra-Curricular Exposure as factors influencing the development of Academic Proficiency in ESL. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, 38, 175-194. Andrade, M. S. (2006). International students in English-speaking universities: Adjustment factors. Journal of Research in International Education, 5(2), 131–154. B Brown, H. (2014). Contextual […]

EMI : Perceptions and experiences

A Ackerley, K., Guarda, M., & Helm, F. (2017). Sharing perspectives on English-medium instruction. Peter Lang. Airey, J. (2011). Talking about teaching in English: Swedish university lecturers’ experiences of changing teaching language. Ibérica, 22, 35-54. B Beckett, G., & Li, F. (2012). Content-Based English Education in China: Students’ Experiences and Perspectives. Journal of Contemporary Issues […]

EMI : Challenges

B Ball, P. & Lindsay, D. (2013). Language demands and support for English-medium instruction in tertiary education. Learning from a specific context. In Doiz, A., Lasagabaster, D., & Sierra, J.M. (Eds.), English-Medium Instruction at Universities. Global Challenges (pp. 44-63). Bristol: Multilingual Matters. Bradford, A. (2012). Adopting English-taught degree programs. International Higher Education, 69, 8- 10. […]

Pedagogies in EMI

B Barnard, R., & McLellan, J. (Eds.). (2013). Codeswitching in university English-medium classes: Asian perspectives (Vol. 36). Multilingual Matters. Barnard, R. & McLellan, J. (2014). Codeswitching in university English-medium classes: Asian perspectives. (R. Barnard & J. McLellan, Eds.), Codeswitching in university English-medium classes: Asian perspectives. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. Björkman, B. (2010). So You Think You […]

The impact of EMI

B Brown, H. (2016). English-medium instruction in Japan: Discussing implications for language teaching. Focus on the learner, 419-425. Brown, H. (2017). Investigating the implementation and development of undergraduate English-medium instruction programs in Japan: Facilitating and hindering factors. Asian EFL Journal, 19(1), 99-135. C Coleman, J. A. (2006). English-medium teaching in European higher education. Language teaching, […]

EMI publications for teachers

B Briggs, J., Dearden, J. & Macaro, E. (2018). English medium instruction: Comparing teacher beliefs in secondary and tertiary education. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching. 8 (3). 2018. 673-696. Brown, H. & Bradford, A. (2018). Teaching subject-content through English: CLIL and EMI courses in the Japanese university. In P. Wadden & C.C. Hale […]

Dissertations

A Abuklaish, Abdelhafied (2014, University of Southampton) Investigating the language needs of undergraduate science students in Libya B Baumvol, Laura Knijnik (2018, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) Language practices for knowledge production and dissemination: the case of Brazil

Pedagogies

B Björkman, B. (2010). So You Think You Can ELF: English as a Lingua Franca as the Medium of Instruction. Hermes – Journal of Language and Communication Studies, 45, 77-96. D Dafouz Milne, E., & Sánchez García, D. (2013). ‘Does everybody understand?’ Teacher questions across disciplines in English-mediated university lectures: An exploratory study. Language Value, (5), […]

Challenges

A Ball, P. & Lindsay, D. (2013). Language demands and support for English-medium instruction in tertiary education. Learning from a specific context. In Doiz, A., Lasagabaster, D., & Sierra, J.M. (Eds.), English-Medium Instruction at Universities. Global Challenges (pp. 44-63). Bristol: Multilingual Matters. Bradford, A. (2016). Toward a Typology of Implementation Challenges Facing English-Medium Instruction in […]

Perspectives and experiences

B Borg, S. (2015). English medium instruction in Iraqi Kurdistan: perspectives from lecturers at state universities. London: British Council. Retrieved from: https://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/attachments/teaching_english_publication_en_web_version_v1.pdf [May 21, 2018]. Bradford, A. (2016). Teaching content through the medium of English: Faculty perspectives. In P. Clements, A. Krause, & H. Brown (Eds.), Focus on the learner (pp. 433-438). Tokyo: JALT. Retrieved from: http://jalt-publications.org/node/4/articles/5420-teaching-content-through-medium-english-faculty-perspectives […]

Global impact of EMI

G González-Alcaide, G., Valderrama-Zurián, J. C., & Aleixandre-Benavent, R. (2012). The Impact Factor in non-English- speaking countries. Scientometrics, 92(2), 297–311. H He, X. (2008). Quantitative analysis of the internationalized academic output of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the mainland academic institution since the founding of China-based on the quantitative analysis of SSCI and A&HCI […]

Influencing factors

A Al-Ansari, S. (2000). Sheltered Curricular Exposure and Unsheltered Extra-Curricular Exposure as factors influencing the development of Academic Proficiency in ESL. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, 38, 175-194. Andrade, M. S. (2006). International students in English-speaking universities: Adjustment factors. Journal of Research in International Education, 5(2), 131–154. B Brown, H. (2014). Contextual […]

Policies

A Aizawa, I. & Rose, H. (under review). An analysis of Japan’s English as medium of instruction initiatives within higher education: the gap between policy and practice. Higher Education. Ali, N. L. (2013). A changing paradigm in language planning: English-medium instruction policy at the tertiary level in Malaysia. Current Issues in Language Planning, 14(1), 73-92. […]

Language use

A Aguilar, M. & Muñoz, C. (2014). The effect of proficiency on CLIL benefits in Engineering students in Spain. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 24(1), 1–18. Retrieved from: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/ijal.12006 [May 21, 2018]. Airey, J. (2011). Talking about teaching in English: Swedish university lecturers’ experiences of changing teaching language. Ibérica, 22, 35–54. Retrieved from: http://www.redalyc.org/pdf/2870/287023888003.pdf [May 21, 2018]. C […]

EMI Materials

D Dang, T. N., Coxhead, A., & Webb, S. (2017). The Academic Spoken Word List. Language Learning, 67, 959-997. DOI:10.1111/lang.12253 M McLean, S., & Kramer, B. (2015). The creation of a new vocabulary levels test. Shiken, 19(2), 1-11. Retrieved from: https://www.lextutor.ca/tests/levels/recognition/nvlt/paper.pdf [May 22, 2018]. S Syrbe, M., & Rose, H. (2016). An evaluation of the global orientation […]

Internationalisation/Overview of EMI

B Byun, K., & Kim, M. (2011). Shifting Patterns of the government’s policies for the internationalization of Korean Higher Education. Journal of Studies in International Education, 15(5), 467-486. D Delgado-Márquez, Blanca L., M. Ángeles Escudero-Torres & Nuria E. Hurtado-Torres. (2013). Being highly internationalised strengthens your reputation: an empirical investigation of top higher education institutions. Higher […]

Africa

G Görlach, Manfred and John Holm (ed.) (1986). Varieties of English around the World: Focus on the Caribbean. Amsterdam: Benjamins Gut, U. and Fuchs, R. (2013). Progressive Aspect in Nigerian English. Journal of English Linguistics. 40(3): 243-267. I Igboanusi, H. (2008) Empowering Nigerian Pidgin: a challenge for status planning?, World Englishes, Vol. 27, No. 1, […]

EMI Courses for University lecturers by Oxford EMI

TAEC EMI Handbook

EMI teacher training materials (Stress and Chunking)

ENRICH Continuous Professional Development Course

The ‘English as a Lingua Franca Practices for Inclusive Multilingual Classrooms (ENRICH)’ project puts high priority on the promotion of teacher competences which are necessary for responding to and building upon the diversity found in today’s multilingual classrooms across Europe.

TESOL with Specialism in English Medium Instruction (MSc)

A year master’s programme provided by the University of St Andrews, UK.

English as Medium of Instruction (MA)

A year master’s programme provided by the University of Bath, UK.

Legal English for law-related and language-related professions

A 20-hour online course aimed at any law- or language-related professionals or students who wish to improve their level of legal English.

Certificate in EMI Skills by Cambridge English Assessment

A 40-hour online learning course with optional tutor-led sessions. It includes eight modules with written assignments and tests.

EMI Course for University Lecturers by Oxford EMI

A 2-week face-to-face course organised by Oxford EMI on 17 – 28 August 2020.

EMI teacher training materials by British Council China

EMI teacher training materials by British Council China

EMI for Academics by Future Learn

A free 4-week online course run by Mary Page and Dr Rob Baird from the University of Southampton.

EMI teacher training resources

Corrective Feedback used in EMI

An interview with an EMI content teacher

An interview with an EMI content teacher from a Psychology department at a Japanese university, discussing EMI pedagogy, challenges, benefits and strategies.

UTOKYO English Academia

Resources

EMI download test

Subject language mind map

The Vocabulary Wheel

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