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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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We would like to extend our profound gratitude to the students, teachers and institutions that graciously agreed to be part of this project, especially to the teachers who opened their classrooms for observation.

Our sincere thanks also go to Dr Robert Wilkinson and Professor Josep Maria Cots for their support of this book.

We are also grateful to the anonymous reviewers at Peter Lang for their insightful comments, to Christabel Scaife for her help with publishing matters, and to Dr James J. Kimble for his help with the proofs.

Appreciation is likewise due to Walter de Gruyter GmbH for their permission to use copyrighted material.

Finally, we are deeply indebted to our families for their encouragement and continued support throughout our efforts to complete this project. ← ix | x →

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