English medium instruction: Global views and countries in focus: Introduction to the symposium held at the Department of Education, University of Oxford on Wednesday 4 November 2015

Ernesto, Macaro; Hultgren, Anna Kristina; Andy, Kirkpatrick and David, Lasagabaster (2019). English medium instruction: Global views and countries in focus: Introduction to the symposium held at the Department of Education, University of Oxford on Wednesday 4 November 2015. In: Language Teaching, 52(2) pp. 231–248.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0261444816000380

Abstract

A key ambition in the formation of the European Higher Education Area and a European Research Area has been to make Europe a more competitive player in the global knowledge economy (Amaral et al. 2009). This plenary talk shows how such neoliberal policies (exemplified by university ranking lists) act as a type of 'covert language policy' (Piller and Cho 2013), driving, whether intentionally or not, the shift to English as a Medium of Instruction in European Higher Education.

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