From Theory to Practice- Selected papers from the 2013 ICLHE Conference
Lecturers’ English proficiency and university language policies for quality assurance
Abstract The rapid increase of EMI programs across Europe has raised concerns regarding the oral linguistic competencies of non-native English-speaking lecturers and the implications for the quality of teaching. Consequently, lecturers’ English proficiency is under scrutiny and universities are developing language policies for quality assurance, which are enforced by implementation of internal assessment. This paper reports on a performance-based EAP certification test, Test of Oral English Proficiency for Academic Staff (TOEPAS) designed to respond to such policy at a Nordic university. This paper reports on a study that examines (1) the relationship between the university language policy and teaching in EMI programs, and (2) the ways TOEPAS’ formative feedback influences lecturers’ language development and content instruction. The research is based on 10 interviews with lecturers who took the TOEPAS. Lastly, drawing from the interviews, the authors discuss the general findings in relation to teaching EMI programs and university language policy. (150)
Keywords: quality assurance; EMI; staff language proficiency; testing; formative feedback study
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