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Uncovering English-Medium Instruction

Glocal Issues in Higher Education

Branka Drljača Margić and Irena Vodopija-Krstanović

English-medium instruction (EMI) is a complex educational innovation and a prerequisite for active participation in the process of internationalizing academia. Given its impact on today’s universities, it is crucial that EMI should be effectively and responsibly implemented.

This book draws on a range of theoretical and empirical insights to explore the implications of EMI for stakeholders and describe the measures that should be taken to capitalize on its strengths and respond to its challenges. Using questionnaires, interviews and classroom observation, the authors investigate two academic communities – one that has undertaken instruction in English and one that has not – to weave together teacher and student attitudes, experiences, expectations and needs, along with comparative findings from classroom practice in Croatian and English.

By analysing EMI in a local academic context against the backdrop of the global higher education landscape, this book offers a glocal perspective and opens up new avenues for reflection and action that will be relevant to
educational institutions undergoing change.

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Chapter 3: An EMI project in the Croatian higher education context

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CHAPTER 3

An EMI project in the Croatian higher education context

Croatia’s HE system has gone through significant changes since 2001, when the country joined Bologna (Šćukanec 2013), an international initiative that explicitly aimed for ‘the creation of the European area of higher education as a key way to promote citizens’ mobility and employability’ (Bologna Declaration 1999). In adopting the Bologna standards, Croatia sought a reform that would

contribute to alignment of the Croatian higher education with the European systems and its integration in the European Higher Education Area, improve the quality of the study programmes and their delivery, increase mobility, recognizability and reliability of Croatian higher education qualifications, improve access of people with foreign higher education qualifications to the Croatian labour market and assure equitable access to the Croatian higher education system (Agencija za znanost i visoko obrazovanje 2013).

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