I have completely changed my point of view concerning native speakers’: An EMI training project promoting emancipatory pedagogy

Ursula Lanvers, Volha Arkhipenka, Tetyana Lunyova, Paul Roberts

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The increase in teaching via English as medium of
instruction (EMI) in higher education (HE) settings,
where English is not the normal institutional
language, has led to concerns over possible negative
effects of EMI, and the lack of staff training to
prepare lecturers for EMI. The scant evidence on
existing staff training programmes suggests a focus
on English language competency at the expense
of pedagogy, and a general linguistic and political
contextualisation of the phenomenon of EMI. This
study set out to develop, implement and test a new
EMI training programme designed to raise awareness
of changing varieties of English, the link between
EMI and the internationalisation and commodification
of HE, as well as deliver more practical pedagogical
content. The programme was delivered to two
small groups at the Poltava VG Korolenko National
Pedagogical University, Ukraine: experienced HE
staff, and trainee English teachers. Before–after
differences in participant attitudes to English were
assessed using mixed measures. Results show
that the programme promoted a greater shift in
attitude in staff than students, and that despite
the overall success of the programme, some
participants were reluctant to give up engrained
attitudes towards English.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages366
JournalELT Research Papers
Issue number19.2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

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