professional-development

Professional Development (EMI)

Effective faculty development and teacher training programs are seen as being very important if EMI is to be implemented successfully (Ball & Lindsay, 2013; Wilkinson, 2013). There are institutions which are providing training for staff to improve how they use language in the classroom, yet there remain very few EMI teacher training materials generally available. Hence, it is difficult to identify particular pedagogical guidelines for best practice in EMI classrooms (Dearden, 2014).

This section provides information and resources for academics and teachers who may wish to explore EMI practices in various teaching contexts and seek additional support. There are:

  • Conference Calls – Conferences and events where you can engage with your research community
  • Teacher Training Resource – Various resources to assist your teaching and understanding of EMI practices
  • Reading Lists – Recommendations for independent learning on EMI practice and training
  • EMI Teacher Training Programmes – Either face-to-face or online EMI training programmes for academics and teachers around the world

This page will be updated regularly. Please register and join the network to receive news and updates.

We also welcome your contribution to this section. If you’d like to share your conference information or other resources please contact us via Get In Touch.

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English Medium: During and post-Covid-19

Conference Calls

English Medium: during and post-Covid-19 (Online event)

Theme: Global learners, global innovation

Event Date: Tuesday 16 June, 11:00 – 12:00 (British Summer Time)

To join this event: https://www.britishcouncil.org/going-global/live-events/english-medium

 

The 8th European Conference on Education

Special Theme: Embracing Difference

Conference Date: Thursday 16 July – Sunday 19 July 2020

Venue: UCL, London, UK

For more information: https://ece.iafor.org/

 

ICLHE Symposium

The symposium aims to address the following questions:

  • Does interdisciplinary collaboration influence whether ICLHE or EMI programmes are inclusive?
  • Does teacher collaboration in EMI have an impact on self-awareness and self- reflection?
  • Are potential actors or participants sidelined or excluded? In what way does the student’s role enhance ICLHE or EMI programmes?
  • How does the student perceive both language experts’ and content teachers’ roles in EMI?
  • How can interdisciplinary collaboration enhance the student’s role?

Conference Date: Thursday 15 October – Friday 16 October 2020

Venue: Université de Mons, Belgium

For more information: https://iclhe.org/2019/12/19/iclhe-2020-symposium/

 

The 4th ESP Conference

Theme: Mediating Specialized Knowledge: Current approaches in ESP research and practice

Conference Date: October 2020 (details TBC)

Venue: Liverpool Hope University, UK

For more information: https://esptassociation.com/2020/03/25/conference-update/

 

ICHLHE 2021 Conference

Theme: EMI and Englishization: Reflecting on the changing university

Conference Date: Tuesday 19 October – Friday 22 October 2021

Venue: Maastricht University, Netherlands

For more information: https://iclhe.org/2019/12/18/iclhe-2021-conference-maastricht-nl

Teacher Training Resources

> MOOCs

UTOKYO English Academia

A series of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) has been produced by the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education, the University of Tokyo and The University of Edinburgh. These are free and designed for graduate students, postdocs and other early-career researchers who would like to work in an EMI university. The MOOCs are divided into 3 modules:

  • EA1 (basic knowledge necessary for academia)
  • EA3 (English Medium Instruction in Higher Education Settings)
  • EA 4 (Global Englishes for EMI)

You can learn about the basics of EMI such as its definition, driving forces and issues faced by stakeholders. Each module has a series of video lectures given by Dr Galloway, quizzes and a final essay assignment. EA3 will be publicly available in summer.

https://utokyo-ea.com/en

 

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.
It covers some key ideas around the challenges and good practices around using English as a medium of instruction in teaching.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/emi-academics

 

> Other materials

EMI teacher training materials by British Council China

The following materials are useful for both lecturers and teacher trainers who may wish to familiarise themselves with some key techniques in EMI lectures.

 

> EMI Teacher Training Programmes

EMI Course for University Lecturers by Oxford EMI

A 2-week face-to-face course organised by Oxford EMI. It covers the following issues:

  • How to teach your subject through EMI
  • How to make learning more motivating and interactive
  • How to manage students with different language levels in your lecture or seminar
  • How to be a confident EMI university lecturer

The course will take place from 17 August to 28 August 2020 at the University of Oxford, UK. For more information: https://oxfordemi.co.uk/Aug2020

 

Certificate in EMI Skills by Cambridge English Assessment

A 40-hour online learning course with optional tutor-led sessions. It includes the following 8 modules with written assignments and tests:

  • Language for lectures
  • Language for seminars
  • Language for small groups and practical sessions
  • Language for tutorials and supervision
  • Language for online communication
  • Language for evaluation and feedback
  • Language for developing and extending professional roles
  • Language for fulfilling professional responsibilities

Participants will receive a certificate of completion on completion of the course or individual modules if registered only for those modules.

*Note: This course is offered to higher education professionals through their employer. If you are interested in this course, please talk to your manager and/or employer.

For more information: https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/teaching-qualifications/institutions/certificate-in-emi-skills/

 

Legal English for law-related and language-related professions, by UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia)

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

The course involves the study and practice of peculiar features of legal English, including its pronunciation. It also analyses the sources of legal vocabulary in English, in particular in the European Union. Legal experts will focus on four areas:

  • Family Law in the European Union (EU)
  • Commercial law in the EU
  • Cybercrime
  • Cooperation in civil matters in the EU

The course will take place from 8 July to 10 July 2020. For more information: http://extension.uned.es/actividad/idactividad/22193&idioma=en

 

English as Medium of Instruction (MA), University of Bath, UK

A year master’s programme that covers everything from EMI policy design to classroom pedagogy and strategies for intercultural communication with diverse student groups. It places particular emphasis on helping you apply the latest thinking about EMI teaching to your own country and context. Assignments are closely linked to real-world activities that you will need to perform as an EMI educator.

For more information: https://www.bath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-2020/taught-postgraduate-courses/ma-english-as-a-medium-of-instruction-full-time/

 

TESOL with Specialism in English Medium Instruction (MSc), University of St Andrews, UK

A year master’s programme that is designed to be useful to both experienced English language teachers and those considering a career in English language teaching. It is aimed at teachers with a particular interest in English medium instruction.

For more information: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/tesol/english-medium-instruction-msc/#52544

Reading Lists

> EMI: Professional Development

Belyaeva, E. (2018). EMI MOOCs for university lecturers. The Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes, 6(1), 165-177. https://doi.org/10.22190/JTESAP1801165B

Dafouz, E. (2018). English-medium instruction and teacher education programmes in higher education: ideological forces and imagined identities at work. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 21(5), 540-552. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2018.1487926

Farrell, T. (2020). Professional development through reflective practice for English-medium instruction (EMI) teachers. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 23(3), 277-286. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2019.1612840

Heigham, J. & Walters, J. (2019, June 18). Enhancing communication in English-medium instruction [Blog post]. Retrieve from  https://www.eaie.org/blog/enhancing-communication-english-medium-instruction.html

Klaassen, R.G. & Graaff, E.D. (2001). Facing innovation: preparing lecturers for English-medium instruction in a non-native context. European Journal of Engineering Education, 26(3), 281-289. https://doi.org/10.1080/03043790110054409

O’Dowd, R. (2018). The training and accreditation of teachers for English medium instruction: an overview of practice in European universities. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 21(5), 553-563. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2018.1491945

Sánchez-Pérez, M. (2020). Teacher Training for English-Medium Instruction in Higher Education (Ed.). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

 

> EMI: Teachers’ perceptions and experiences

Airey, J. (2011). Talking about teaching in English: Swedish university lecturers’ experiences of changing teaching language. Ibérica, 22, 35-54.

Block, D. & Moncada-Comas, B. (2019). English-medium instruction in higher education and the ELT gaze: STEM lecturers’ self-positioning as NOT English language teachers. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2019.1689917

Borg, S. (2015). English medium instruction in Iraqi Kurdistan: perspectives from lecturers at state universities. London: British Council.

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.

Briggs, J. G., 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), 673-696. https://doi.org/10.14746/ssllt.2018.8.3.7

Hellekjær, G. O. (2010). Lecture comprehension in English-medium higher Education. Hermes – Journal of Language and Communication in Studies, 45, 11-34. https://doi.org/10.7146/hjlcb.v23i45.97343

Inbar-Lourie, O. & Donitsa-Schmidt, S. (2020). EMI Lecturers in international universities: is a native/non-native English-speaking background relevant? International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 23(3), 301-313. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2019.1652558

Jensen, C., & Thøgersen, J. (2011). Danish university lecturers’ attitudes towards English as the medium of instruction. Ibérica, 22, 13-34.

Jiang, L., Zhang, L.J., & May, S. (2019). Implementing English-medium instruction (EMI) in China: teachers’ practices and perceptions, and students’ learning motivation and needs. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 22 (2), 107-119. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2016.1231166

Macaro, E., & Han, S. (2020). English medium instruction in China’s higher education: teachers’ perspectives of competencies, certification and professional development. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 41(3), 219-231. https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2019.1611838

Tange, H. (2010). Caught in the Tower of Babel: University lecturers’ experiences with internationalisation. Language and Intercultural Communication, 10(2), 137-149. https://doi.org/10.1080/14708470903342138

Vinke, A. A., Snippe, J., & Jochems, W. (1998). English-medium content courses in non-English higher education: A study of lecturer experiences and teaching behaviours. Teaching in Higher Education, 3(3), 383-394. https://doi.org/10.1080/1356215980030307

Werther, C., Denver, L., Jensen, C., & Mees, I.M. (2014). Using English as a medium of instruction at university level in Denmark: the lecturer’s perspective. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 35(5), 443-462. https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2013.868901

EMI Teacher Training Programmes

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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/

The 21st EASE Conference

The English in Southeast Asia (ESEA) conference series is a collaboration between educational institutions across Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific region.

HKCPD Hub International Conference 2020 for English teaching professionals worldwide

Organised by the Hong Kong Continuing Professional Development Hub (HKCPD Hub), This international conference addresses the theme of “Innovative teaching and research in English Language Education”.

Seventh International Conference at Feng Chia University

Professor Averil Coxhead from the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, will be one of the keynote speakers.

Viettesol International Convention 2020 (VIC 2020)

The VietTESOL International Convention 2020 (VIC 2020) is a collaboration between VietTESOL Association, the National Foreign Language Project and University of Foreign Language Studies – The University of Da Nang. The theme for this year’s conference is “Innovation and Globalization”.

2020 Global English Education China Assembly

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 […]

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EMI Courses for University lecturers by Oxford EMI

1 and 2-week intensive courses for academics with or without experience in teaching through EMI.

TAEC EMI Handbook

The handbook is developed by the TAEC project to raise awareness about the teaching approaches, language uses, and intercultural communication in English medium instruction (EMI) contexts at non-Anglophone universities. 

EMI teacher training materials (Stress and Chunking)

The teacher training materials on 'Lecturing style and strategies: focus on pronunciation' provided by British Council China.

English Pronunciation in a Global World

In this course you will improve your English pronunciation skills and learn about speaking English in today’s globalised world.

Changing Englishes: An Online Course for Teachers

Changing Englishes is an online course designed to help teachers meet the challenges of integrating local languages and cultural contexts.

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

The following materials are useful for both lecturers and teacher trainers who may wish to familiarise themselves with some key techniques in EMI lectures.

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.

World Englishes in the ELT classroom database

A multimedial database for EFL teacher trainees and in-service teachers with practical material on varieties of English around the world

UTOKYO English Academia

A series of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) has been produced by the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education, the University of Tokyo and The University of Edinburgh. These are free and designed for graduate students, postdocs and other early-career researchers who would like to work in an EMI university.

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.
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