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Weighing English in the balance: University teachers' perspectives on teaching through a second language
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages. (PROFiLE; Big Data)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages. (PROFiLE)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5299-8982
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages. (PROFiLE)
(English)In: ASLAs skriftserie, ISSN 1100-5629Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

English is increasingly used nowadays as a medium of instruction in tertiary education worldwide, facilitating the outward mobility of home universities' staff and students, as well as the inward recruitment of international faculty and students. However, teaching and learning in a foreign language can be a challenging enterprise, and the implications of the trend toward English-medium instruction (EMI) are to date not fully understood. Based on a large-scale survey, this study aims at unveiling the perceptions and experiences of Swedish university teachers involved in EMI. The respondents express a wide array of views and experiences, grouped under ten thematic areas. The respondents' views are often polarised in that they identify both costs and benefits of teaching in English, while describing a reality where little support is provided to augment the benefits and mitigate the costs. These results indicate a need for enhanced communication with all stakeholder groups, to raise critical awareness about impending costs, as a step toward minimizing potential damages and maximizing the benefits of English in higher education today.

Keyword [en]
English as a medium of instruction, English as a second or foreign language, multilingual higher education, parallel language environment, teacher attitudes
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Humanities
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Humanities, English Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60224OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-60224DiVA: diva2:1068587
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Available from: 2017-01-25 Created: 2017-01-25 Last updated: 2017-11-13

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Maricic, IbolyaPecorari, DianeHommerberg, Charlotte

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