NICOLA GALLOWAY (THE BRITISH COUNCIL)

THE GROWING GLOBAL PHENOMENON OF ENGLISH MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION (EMI) IN HIGHER EDUCATION : ELT INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY

English medium instruction (EMI) has become a pronounced trend in international higher education in recent years. Initial growth was in Europe, where much of the EMI research has been conducted. Successful EMI policy implementation requires careful planning to avoid unrealistic expectations and disappointment, yet EMI research is still in its infancy with provision rapidly outpacing empirical research. In this talk, I explore the driving forces behind the spread of EMI, and the motivations students have for enrolling in EMI courses. While EMI has many perceived benefits, there are many challenges to successful and sustainable macro-level EMI policy implementation at the meso and micro level. In this talk, I also draw on my own research exploring how EMI is operationalised at the institutional level and the differing conceptualisations of both the purposes of EMI and the challenges amongst key stakeholders.

Nicola is a lecturer in TESOL at the University of Edinburgh. She is co-author of two books which include EMI coverage, has published EMI research in British Council reports, The Higher Education Journal, two upcoming books on EMI and forthcoming papers. She has recently developed 2 MOOCs in collaboration with The University of Tokyo for EMI faculty development (https://utokyo-ea.com/courses/course-v1:UTokyo-PAGE+EA003+2019/about/en) and coordinates an online international EMI network (http://www.globalenglishes-emi.education.ed.ac.uk/).