This seminar about English as a medium of instruction (EMI) for academic subjects in Higher Education was held at the British Council's Going Global 2014 conference. The speakers discuss the fact that the movement has given rise to social and legal arguments in Europe. The position and future of EMI in Latin America is also considered.
 

English as a medium of instruction (EMI) for academic subjects in Higher Education is growing internationally, both in response to the drive to create workforces linguistically capable of operating at an international level and in order to recruit third-country nationals into higher education institutions in countries where English is not the first language.  The speakers discuss the fact that the movement has given rise to social and legal arguments in Europe. The position and future of EMI in Latin America is also considered.

There has been little research charting the extent of the phenomenon or the ways in which EMI is conceptualised or practised in different countries. Speakers look at a framework for thinking about EMI, preliminary results from a study of EMI in sixty countries, views of EMI practitioners, and a proposal for a research programme on what might constitute quality in the field.

Going Global 2014 saw more than 1,000 delegates, 250 speakers and over 50 exhibitors from across the higher and further education sectors. They met in Miami to examine the impact that internationalisation can have on the global education community.

The conference consisted of a series of sessions based around the themes of inclusion, innovation and impact.

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