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  • 1.
    Maricic, Ibolya
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
    Pecorari, Diane
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
    Hommerberg, Charlotte
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
    Weighing English in the balance: University teachers' perspectives on teaching through a second language2017In: ASLAs skriftserie, ISSN 1100-5629, no 26, p. 78-86Article in journal (Refereed)
    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.

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    Plathner, Jean-Georges
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
    Images in language studies: the case of French in Sweden2012In: ASLAs skriftserie, ISSN 1100-5629, no 7, p. 93-102Article in journal (Refereed)
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