Overcoming the challenges in English Medium Instruction (EMI) in higher education

By Nicola Galloway

 Wednesday 29th January 2020, 09:00 – 16:45

 British Council, Siam Square

‘Internationalisation’ has become a fashionable trend in higher education institutes (HEI) around the globe. As HEIs have sought to internationalise, we have witnessed an unprecedented growth in the number of non-language related subjects being taught in English, with English Medium Instruction (EMI) in higher education in non-native English speaking countries becoming one of the most significant trends in recent years. EMI has many perceived benefits, such as gaining subject knowledge and improving English proficiency at the same time, but these cannot be guaranteed. Many factors influence successful EMI policy implementation. 

In this workshop, we will explore EMI iin higher education in Thailand. In doing so, we will look at the driving forces behind the increasing number of courses in English, how EMI is both implemented and conceptualized by teachers and students, and we will also explore some of the perceived benefits and challenges. The topics will cover;

  • The growth in EMI and perceived benefits at the national, institutional and individual level
  • Challenges associated with implementing EMI
  • Practical solutions and activities for successful EMI

At the end of the workshop, participants will have an increased understanding of EMI in higher education in Thailand, the challenges associated with teaching in English and ways to overcome these, including how to support students. 

Time table

08.30 - 09.00 Registration
09.00 - 10.30 Session 1
10.30 - 10.45 Break
10.45 - 12.30 Session 2
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.45 Session 3 
14.45 - 15.00 Break
15.00 - 16.45 Session 4 and wrap up

Information on participation: The workshop is aimed at university lecturers who are teaching other subjects in English (International Programme) whose first language is not English but have a good level of English.

Venue: British Council Siam Square (Chulalongkorn bookstore building), Room 17

Contact: Supakanya Tesmolee       Tel: 02 657 5602 / 089 900 6874

Email: Supakanya.Tesmolee@britishcouncil.or.th


About the trainer:

Dr Nicola Galloway is a lecturer in Education (TESOL) at The University of Edinburgh. She is author of Introducing Global Englishes (Routledge, 2015), Global Englishes and Change: attitudes and impact (Routledge, 2017) and Global Englishes for Language Teaching (Routledge, 2019). Her EMI related research has focused on Japan and China, and, more recently, in Southeast Asia. She coordinates a global academic and professional network on Global Englishes and EMI (http://www.globalenglishes-emi.education.ed.ac.uk/).