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A survey of English-medium instruction in Italian higher education

Costa, Francesca and Coleman, James A. (2012). A survey of English-medium instruction in Italian higher education. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 16(1) pp. 3–19.

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English-taught Programmes (ETPs) have increased exponentially in European universities over the last 10 years, leading to growing numbers of bilingual graduates. This study reports on the most recent survey of ETPs in Italian higher education. A questionnaire completed in 2010 by 50% of Italian universities addressed both organisational factors (including the number of ETPs, reasons for adoption and difficulties in implementation) and pedagogical factors (including recruitment and teachers’ competencies). The findings paint a heterogeneous picture, with ETPs expanding but still not universal. Issues are analysed according to university type (public/private) and location, since the divisions between the wealthy, industrialised North, the Centre and the less developed South are largely reflected in the profile and status of universities in each geographical zone. All institutions show a clear-cut focus on content over language.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1367-0050
Keywords: L2-medium instruction; English-taught programmes; integrating content and language in higher education; internationalisation
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 33605
Depositing User: James A. Coleman
Date Deposited: 03 May 2012 08:08
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2015 19:44
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