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Sharing Perspectives on English-Medium Instruction

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Edited By Katherine Ackerley, Marta Guarda and Francesca Helm

English is increasingly used as a medium of instruction in European higher education not only in northern countries, but also in the European ‘south’. This volume is fruit of a project which was carried out in a public university based in the north-east of Italy with the aim of delivering professional development for university lecturers engaged in EMI. It begins with an overview of the European context, the Italian context, and some of the arguments against the indiscriminate spread of English as a medium of instruction in higher education. The volume then focuses on the microcontext of the university, giving voice to the various stakeholders in EMI. These include researchers, lecturers, administrative staff, those involved in professional development and students. The central part of the volume presents the views and experiences of twelve EMI lecturers from a range of academic disciplines. In sharing these perspectives on EMI, the volume hopes to stimulate critical dialogue and research on the many issues involved in this aspect of internationalisation in higher education institutions.

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A survey of lecturers’ needs and feedback on EMI training (Marta Guarda & Francesca Helm)

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MARTA GUARDA1 & FRANCESCA HELM2

A survey of lecturers’ needs and feedback on EMI training

1.   Introduction

This chapter describes the research study which was carried out at the University of Padova as part of the LEAP project (as described in Dalziel in this volume). It will begin with the rationale of the project followed by a brief review of the literature as regards professional development and lecturer needs in English-medium instruction (EMI). Then a description of the different phases of the project and the relative research questions will be provided, followed by our findings and their implications.

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