EMI in Chinese higher education: the Muddy water of ‘Englishisation’

Jim McKinley, Heath Rose, Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen

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English in Chinese higher education has shifted from being taught as a
foreign language alongside other disciplinary-focussed courses to becoming an
important medium of instruction used for learning and teaching non-language
related academic subjects. While using English medium instruction (EMI) seems a
natural and neutral academic exercise, the switch has muddied the water of EMI
implementation and caused a number of social and academic issues for both
students and lecturers. These problems include unfair promotion opportunities,
unequal access to EMI classes, inadequate learning outcomes, and poor teaching
quality. This special issue builds on past and current EMI work that explores issues related to EMI implementation in Chinese higher education institutions and in classrooms. Through the selection of several empirical papers, the special issue
shines light on current knowledge, policies and practices of EMI in China to pave
the way for research-informed recommendations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Linguistics Review
Issue number6
Early online date15 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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