English as a medium of instruction: global practice in HE

Tuesday 02 June 2015 -
11:00 to 12:15
Session 6.5. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

EMI is an increasingly important element in the internationalisation of HE. Through a case-study problem-solving approach, speakers explore the opportunities that EMI offers to universities and the corresponding challenges. The session examines the different motives and processes in the adoption of EMI, as well as the practical challenges of implementation. The latter include the teacher’s language competence, and their ability to teach in a L2, the English proficiency and academic skills of the learner, and the suitability of the methodology and materials used.

The session considers the impact of EMI on the different stakeholders and the extent to which it is aligned with institutional missions.

We will ask if there is a need for a special management approach to EMI, perhaps embedded in an explicit institutional language-in-education policy

Michael Carrier
Director - Strategic Partnerships, Cambridge English Language Assessment, UK

Michael Carrier has worked in language education for 30 years as a teacher, trainer, author, and director. He was formerly Executive Director of Eurocentres USA, CEO of the International House World Network and Director of English Language Innovation at the British Council in London, Michael is currently a Trustee of EAQUALS. Session 6.5

Michael Carrier

Professor Robert Coelen
Professor - Internationalisation of Higher Education, Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Robert Coelen has been responsible for internationalisation at four HEIs on two continents. He also holds a research position at his current institution. His research interests include the interfaces of internationalisation of higher education (both secondary education and employability). In addition, he is interested in learning outcomes as a result of internationalisation activities. Session 6.5 Session 7.7

Professor Robert Coelen

Maria Didkovskaia
Director - Foreign Language Training Centre, ITMO University, Russia

Maria Didkovskaia is currently Director of the Foreign Language Training Centre and Head of the Internationalisation Sector at ITMO University, Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she launched the insitution’s first EMI programmes. Between 2001 and 2011 she held a number of senior positions in commercial organisations in Russia before joining St Petersburg State Polytechnic University as guest lecturer on the English language Master’s programme. Session 6.5

Maria Didkovskaia

Professor Ines Gariglio
International Affairs Officer, CEFET-MG, Brazil

Ines Gariglio role at CEFET-MG is to interact with foreign educational institutions and develop opportunities for international collaboration for both faculty and students. This includes the expansion CEFET’s links with other institutions, and seeking ways to deliver internationalisation at home, notably through the development of a multilingual campus. She achieved this through working with partners in the private, governmental and non-governmental channels. Session 6.5

Professor Ines Gariglio

Anna Searle
Director - English Language, British Council, UK

Anna has worked in English Language teaching, management and business development, and English Language project design and delivery for 20 years in many countries across our network including in North Africa, South Asia, East Asia and Europe, as well as Country Director for our operation in Libya for 3 years, where she also led education projects for the region in skills and schools. Anna leads the British Council's English language teams in the UK and across the network. Session 6.5

Anna Searle