English as a medium of instruction: the global map

Monday 01 June 2015 -
09:00 to 10:15
Session 1.5. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

EMI is a growing and controversial phenomenon in two quite different arenas. Firstly, the popular and much-debated drive toward EMI in school and HE education in the developing world; and secondly, the huge growth over the last decade in EMI in universities in Europe and the Far East.

This session presents an initial global overview of the field, with case studies from particular regions, and a survey of teacher views. It will also look forward to a new study addressing the controversial questions of whether and how EMI can contribute to inclusivity and social mobility, as opposed to remaining an activity for elites - even an instrument to ensure elite closure; and if it can provide both access and quality for disadvantaged groups.

This session is one of two on EMI at Going Global 2015, and is complimented with a session focussing on practical implementation of EMI in university contexts.

John Knagg OBE
Senior Adviser - Learning and Teaching, British Council, UK

John supports British Council education experts internationally in advising authorities on English language learning in their systems. He has worked in Europe, Middle and Far East and South America and is currently British Council Chair of Accreditation UK, a member of the advisory board of ELT Journal of OUP, and a trustee of The International Research Foundation for English Language Teaching. Session 1.5

John Knagg OBE

Dr Anna Kristina Hultgren
Lecturer in English Language and Applied Linguistics, Open University, UK

Dr Anna Kristina Hultgren has published research articles on the ongoing Englishization of universities in non-English-dominant contexts and is co-editor of the volumes English in Nordic Universities: Ideologies and practices (Benjamins, 2014) and English-Medium Instruction at European Universities (Mouton, 2015). Session 1.5

Dr Anna Kristina Hultgren

Professor Russell H. Kaschula
Professor of African Language Studies, Rhodes University, Republic of South Africa

Professor Kaschula holds the Chair in Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education at the African Language Studies Section, School of Languages, Faculty of Humanities. Prof Kaschula has had an illustrious teaching career which has extended to five South African Universities and one American institution, before settling at Rhodes University. Session 1.5

Professor Russell H. Kaschula

Professor Ernesto Macaro
Director - Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK

Ernesto Macaro is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on second language learning strategies and on the interaction between teachers and learners in second language classrooms or in classrooms where English is the Medium of Instruction. He has published widely on these two themes through books and in international journals. Session 1.5

Professor Ernesto Macaro