Symposium: Research on English as a Medium of Instruction: Applied Linguistics and Interdisciplinarity

Hultgren, Anna Kristina; Nao, Marion; Wingrove, Peter; Yuksel, Dogan and Zuaro, Beatrice (2023). Symposium: Research on English as a Medium of Instruction: Applied Linguistics and Interdisciplinarity. In: 56th Annual Conference of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL 2023), 23-25 Aug 2023, University of York, York.



The rapid ascendance of English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) across the world has generated heated debates about linguistic injustice, educational disadvantage, epistemic homogenization and geopolitical inequality. To date, EMI research has been conducted mainly, though not exclusively, within the purview of Applied Linguistics, attracting scholars from a range of sub-fields and international perspectives, including CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), ICLHE (Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education), ELF (English as a lingua franca), TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages), EAP (English for Academic Purposes), to name but a few. While these fields have greatly enhanced understandings of EMI, the uptake and impact of this work outside of Applied Linguistics is less clear, and considerable disconnects remain between and within stakeholder groups, e.g., between academics and wider society; policy makers and practitioners; linguists and non-linguists; content teachers and language teachers, etc.

This symposium brings together researchers wishing to explore possibilities for opening up research on English as a Medium of Instruction to a wider range of disciplines, fields, approaches and stakeholders in order to advance understandings, bridge disconnects and enhance impact.

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