“I just wanted to learn Japanese and visit Japan”: The incentives and attitudes of international students in English-Medium Instruction programmes in Japan.

Nicola Galloway, Samantha Curle

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Abstract

With growth in English-Medium of Instruction (EMI) in higher education, there have been increasing calls for research on this expansion, particularly the challenges facing students. Despite the growth in international students and ambitious target recruitment numbers in places like Japan, much of the EMI research to date focuses on home students. This article reports on a study with international students enrolled on EMI programmes in six Japanese universities. Data was collected using open-ended questionnaires (n=102), interviews (n=10) at four of the six universities, and 3 focus groups (Japanese and international students) at three of the six universities. Results show that unlike home students, international student enrollment in EMI programmes is not linked to goals to improve English proficiency; many are simply interested in Japan or learning Japanese. While students recognized the benefits of EMI, they discussed numerous challenges, particularly language-related issues in classrooms where they study with students of varying levels of English proficiency. This study provides key insights into EMI policy implementation and the needs of an important group of stakeholders who have long been high on the government’s internationalization agenda in Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)23-48
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Language Studies
Volume16
Issue number2
Early online date25 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • English Taught Programmes (ETPs)
  • English-Medium of Instruction (EMI)
  • Higher Education (HE)
  • International Students
  • Internationalization
  • Japan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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