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The Routledge Handbook of English-Medium Instruction in Higher Education

Kingsley Bolton

This handbook discusses the theoretical and disciplinary background to the study of English-medium instruction (EMI) in higher education worldwide. It highlights issues relating to EMI pedagogy, varying motivations for EMI education, and the delivery of EMI in diverse contexts across the world.

The spread of English as a teaching medium and the lingua franca of the academic world has been the subject of various debates in recent years on the perceived hegemony of the English language and the 'domain loss' of non-English languages in academic communication. Encompassing a wide range of contributions to the field of EMI, the chapters of this handbook are arranged in four distinct parts: Part I provides an overview of English-medium instruction in higher education worldwide; Part II focuses on EMI in Europe; Part III on EMI in the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa; and Part IV on EMI in the Asian region. The overall scope and level of expertise of this handbook provides an unrivalled authoritativeness on this field of education. It serves as an essential reference for many courses dealing with applied linguistics, English language education, multilingualism, sociolinguistics and related subjects at many levels of education, including Master's and PhD level studies.

A valuable edition for university libraries across the world, and an essential read for many faculty, undergraduate and postgraduate students, educators, and policy makers.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Mar 21st, 2024
  • Pages: 574
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 10.00in - 7.00in - 1.31in - 2.76lb
  • EAN: 9780367445492
  • Categories: English as a Second LanguageBilingual EducationLinguistics - General

About the Author

Kingsley Bolton is Emeritus Professor of English Linguistics at Stockholm University, Sweden, and Research Fellow at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

Werner Botha is Associate Professor at Flinders University, Australia.

Benedict Lin is Senior Lecturer at the Language and Communication Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Praise for this book

This extensive volume on English-medium instruction in higher education (EMI) offers a comprehensive and wide-ranging account of a multi-layered world Englishes perspective on EMI, highlighting the importance of sociolinguistic context in the planning and implementation of EMI policies across diverse regions. This Handbook will be of immense value for researchers and scholars in the field.

Professor Vijay K. Bhatia,

Chinese University of Hong Kong

This volume offers a comprehensive synthesis of EMI research and practice across the world. It is impressive in its geographical breadth, its theoretical depth, and its empirical rigour. It will no doubt become a foundational work in the field and help to set the agenda for future work in this area.

Professor Rodney Jones,

University of Reading

English-medium instruction (EMI) has been the most impactful and still expanding language education phenomenon in the last twenty years. This Handbook provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive survey of EMI across the globe. It will undoubtedly become an essential reference for researchers and practitioners worldwide.

Professor Li Wei, Director and Dean,

Institute of Education, University College London

English-medium instruction in higher education (EMI) is of key concern to academics and educationalists, as well as to decision makers and politicians. This timely Handbook explores these interests through a coherent and concrete set of empirical findings. It is an essential read in understanding how the English language currently shapes the many ways in which learning and teaching are managed in higher education.

Professor Christopher J. Jenks,

Intercultural Communication, Utrecht University

This timely and important Handbook provides a theoretical and empirical overview of the exponential development of EMI worldwide. Its focus on the importance/significance of examining these developments critically, conceptually, and contextually is what makes it an absolute must read.

Professor Stephen May,

University of Auckland, New Zealand

This volume is a tour de force--an essential resource for anyone working in the field of EMI. It traces the complex and pluricentric intellectual history of this rapidly maturing field and charts a course for its continued theoretical and methodological development.

Professor Francis M. Hult,

University of Maryland, USA

This Handbook offers a comprehensive look at what happens around the world when English is used as a teaching medium in higher education. The editors are to be congratulated for bringing together an impressive list of scholars-contributors, whose expertise covers an astounding geography in this important field of scholarship.

Professor Patricia Friedrich,

Arizona State University, USA