1st Edition

Teaching and Learning in English Medium Instruction An Introduction

By Jack C. Richards, Jack Pun Copyright 2022
    318 Pages
    by Routledge

    318 Pages
    by Routledge

    Teaching and Learning in English Medium Instruction provides an overview of the nature of English Medium Instruction (EMI) in both secondary and tertiary education.

    The book explores

    • the nature of academic literacy in EMI
    • the ways in which EMI is implemented in different contexts
    • issues related to teaching and learning through the medium of English
    • teaching challenges and coping strategies used by EMI teachers
    • support for EMI through EAP
    • the professional development needs of EMI teachers
    • approaches to the evaluation of EMI programs.

    The book contains a number of short chapters written in an accessible style with discussion questions and practical follow-up tasks. Throughout the book, key theory and research serve to introduce the core issues involved in EMI, which are then explored in terms of implications for practice. The book can be used in workshops and courses and for groups that include EMI teachers of content subjects, EAP teachers, TESOL students, and teachers and education officials involved with the implementation of EMI in different contexts. With the expansion of EMI worldwide in recent years the book seeks to introduce EMI to a new generation of EMI teachers and language teaching professionals.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1: Foundations of EMI

    Chapter 1. The emergence of English Medium Instruction

    Chapter 2. Features of English Medium Instruction

    Chapter 3. The Implementation of English Medium Instruction

    Part 2: The nature of academic literacy in EMI

    Chapter 4. The nature of learning in the disciplines: academic literacy

    Chapter 5. Linguistic dimensions of learning academic content through English

    Part 3: Teaching and learning in EMI

    Chapter 6. The EMI Teacher

    Chapter 7. Teaching in EMI

    Chapter 8. Preparing students for English Medium Instruction through EAP

    Chapter 9. Learning in EMI

    Part 4: Professional development and evaluation

    Chapter 10. Professional development in EMI

    Chapter 11. Evaluation of EMI programs

    Postscript: Looking back and looking forward with EMI






    Jack C. Richards is Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia and Adjunct Professor at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. Jack Pun is an Assistant Professor at City University of Hong Kong.



    This book is a must-read for anyone involved in English Medium Instruction. Richards and Pun offer an academically-rigorous yet highly-comprehensible introduction to a range of key topics related to the delivery of content subjects in English. Important theoretical perspectives are presented alongside implications for practice, and follow-up tasks encourage users to delve more deeply into areas that might be of interest to them. I can easily see this book becoming a core text in many TESOL courses as well as a useful resource for professional development courses for content as well as language teachers".

    Marie Yeo, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre, Singapore.

    A major achievement - providing a wide-ranging, well documented, and highly accessible overview and practical guide to EMI. This book is essential reading for EMI teachers, language teacher educators, TESOL students and researchers world-wide.

    Jonathan Newton, Victoria University of Wellington

    This book sketches a fascinating map of the English medium instruction terrain, detailing an impressively wide array of issues and options in the field. Jack Richards with Jack Pun ably mix theoretical discussions with practical advice to produce a text that is instantly accessible to interested policy-makers, administrators and EMI teachers. 

    Christoph Hafner, City University, Hong Kong 

    Teaching and Learning in English Medium Instruction offers a state-of-the-art treatment of English medium instruction and a stimulating and thought-provoking resource that is unequalled in the depth and breadth of its coverage. Those new to EMI as well as those with extensive knowledge of the field will find it exceptionally comprehensive in its description and analysis of the issues involved in EMI.

    Martha Pennington, Birkbeck University of London

    A comprehensive, accessible and practical introduction to English medium instruction (EMI). Written with a clear and engaging writing style and with well-crafted illustrations and examples the book allows readers to consolidate their understanding of EMI. It is a valuable and welcome resource in the field of language and content learning, teaching and teacher education.

    Aek Phakiti, The University of Sydney 

    In compiling this practical and informative book on English medium instruction (EMI), Jack Richards with Jack Pun have made a long-awaited contribution to second language education scholarship, advancing the field toward a comprehensive understanding of the nature of EMI across different contexts. Written in an accessible and compelling style, and supported by fulsome descriptions of EMI practices in different parts of the world, the book offers in-depth treatment of essential topics about teaching and learning in EMI. It is a must-read for teachers, researchers, teacher educators and policymakers concerned, and provides a highly valuable resource for teacher professional development.

    Icy Lee, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Recent decades have seen a rapid adoption of EMI at all levels across the globe, often without a good understanding of its whys and wherefores, nor careful preparation for its successful implementation. This is a timely volume which addresses a number of important issues, from policy making to classroom implementation, exemplified by practices in a wide range of contexts. It is an excellent introduction to EMI for policy makers and administrators and an essential guide-book for teacher educators and classroom teachers. 

    Amy B.M. Tsui, Professor Emerita, The University of Hong Kong

    This timely book is indispensable reading for both instructors and administrators involved in the increasing number of EMI programs worldwide. Its critical perspective helps readers to understand the context-dependent nature of EMI’s success while bringing to the fore the importance of professional development to ensure program effectiveness. The book aptly draws on Jack Richards years of both research and personal experience to produce an essential resource that is remarkably comprehensive in scope and always constructive in its suggestions for best practices in EMI.

    Roy Lyster, Professor Emeritus, McGill University

    A fascinating and important account of the nature and complexity of English Medium Instruction and of the issues it raises for content teachers, English teachers and others involved in its implementation.

    Merrill Swain, Professor Emerita, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

    Richards and Pun’s experiences of EMI in various contexts make this book an engaging read for anyone in the field. With its broad coverage and in-depth treatment of essential topics in EMI, this volume is indispensable reading for EMI researchers, classroom teachers, EMI policymakers and administrators, as well as students on TESOL teacher training programs.

    Sheng Yan & Yuanjia Liu, School of Foreign Languages, Central China Normal University, China, System 110 (2022)