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Sharing Perspectives on English-Medium Instruction


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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The statistician (Luigi Salmaso)


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The statistician

The University of Padova is constantly experiencing an internationalisation process by providing courses in English as well as courses in Italian. The English courses are usually optional but of great importance not only for foreign students. There is a growing request for courses entirely in English by Italian students who perceive boundaries among countries more than ever. The Department of Management and Engineering is offering several courses in English. One of those is the course named Statistical Methods and Applications, which is an advanced course taught to students enrolled in the Master’s degree in Engineering and Management. The main objective is to present advanced statistical models and methods in order to provide the students with problem-solving tools that are usually crucial in management engineering. Theory is explained in English with the advantage of providing technical language in English, in particular statistical wording, while in the practical part of the course students are asked to engage with statistical software in order to apply statistical methods.

Based on my experience, it is very useful to give students the opportunity to apply statistical methodologies to real data in order to solve a customer satisfaction problem. Groups of students are asked to deal with a customer satisfaction problem by structuring a study design and collecting data following a Conjoint Analysis (CA) methodology. The CA methodology is considered the main application to collect stated preferences about a new product or a...

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