From Theory to Practice- Selected papers from the 2013 ICLHE Conference
Edited By Robert Wilkinson and Mary Louise Walsh
Support measures for content teaching embedded in a tertiary English-medium degree programme
Abstract This article describes support measures developed by an English for Specific Purposes (ESP) professional to facilitate English-medium instruction (EMI) in a tertiary content department. These initiatives were observed in practice and evaluated from January 2011 to March 2012. Five content lecturers in the academic field of aviation participated in EMI practice and the qualitative evaluation of the support actions through a feedback form. The results showed that the lecturers concerned preferred collaborative group sessions to individual support sessions and appreciated the provision of teaching aids. Furthermore, they favoured joint research and publication activities as well as library orders by the ESP instructor. It may be inferred that these content lecturers prefer brief face-to-face conversations when seeking linguistic advice. The author argues that voluntary participation should be a key principle in any EMI support mechanism and that internal measures at departmental level are easier to accommodate than extended training programmes.
Keywords: English-medium instruction; EMI/ICLHE support; tertiary education; evaluation; ESP
English-medium instruction (EMI) or Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education (ICLHE) at universities around the globe is sustained by an increasing mobility of students (Wächter & Maiworm, 2008, p. 32; Smith, 2004, p. 80). Degree programmes fully taught in English enable secondary-level graduates to choose not the universities located closest to their hometown but the ones with the best educational offering. These free-market opportunities for tertiary students may put pressure on higher-education providers in their endeavours to attract dedicated...
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