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English Medium Instruction Programmes
Perspectives from South East Asian Universities

ISBN 9780367375867
Published October 10, 2019 by Routledge
130 Pages

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Book Description

This book is an exploration of the desirability and feasibility of English Medium Instruction (EMI) in specific university settings in South East Asia. There is an increasing trend in many universities in Asia, as elsewhere in the world, to introduce ‘international’ academic programmes taught through the medium of English. Despite the rapidity of this development, there is a dearth of empirical research that investigates the opportunities and challenges across a range of specific contexts. This volume intends to occupy this research space, firstly by reviewing historical and contemporary trends and changes to EMI, and by eliciting the perceptions of a number of applied linguists in a range of Asian universities. These introductory chapters are followed by three case studies exploring the beliefs and practices of EMI lecturers in Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia, and a survey of Malaysian students’ attitudes to key issues relating to medium of instruction. Based on these empirical studies, implications will be drawn with regard to policy, curricula, pedagogical practice, professional development and further research. This book will provide guidance for decision-makers and practitioners for the effective planning and implementation of EMI programmes where English is an additional language for lecturers and students.

Table of Contents

Preface (Roger Barnard and Zuwati Hasim)

Foreword (Robert Phillipson)

1. Setting the scene: EMI in Asian universities (Roger Barnard)

2. Voices from the field: Email interviews with applied linguists in Asia (Jonathon Ryan)

3. Case Study: EMI in a public university in Malaysia (Zuwati Hasim and Roger Barnard)

4. Case Study: EMI in Universiti Brunei Darussalam (Noor Azam Haji-Othman and James McLellan)

5. Case Study: EMI in an Indonesian university (Fuad Abdul Hamied and Nenden Lengkanawati)

6. EMI in Malaysia: Student Voices (Murad Saeed, Mary Varghese, Mark Holst, and Kamila Ghazali)

7. The spread of English Medium Instruction programmes: Educational and research implications (Angel Lin and Yuen Yi Lo)

8. Market English as Medium of Instruction: Education in neoliberal times (Ruanni Tupas)

Afterword (Andy Kirkpatrick)


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Roger Barnard is an associate professor in applied linguistics at The University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Zuwati Hasim is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia.