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Episode 5: English Medium Instruction (EMI)

Episode 5: English Medium Instruction (EMI)

Update: 2020-02-05
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‘Students need a minimum of six years of mother tongue education before this can be replaced by an international language such as English.’ Associate Professor Kathleen Heugh, University of South Australia

This episode explores the factors behind the push for EMI in South Asia and worldwide, whether it is beneficial for children’s education and when and how to introduce English as a second language. Join Rob Lewis and Professor Simon Borg as they speak to Jeanine Treffers-Daller, Professor of Multilingualism, University of Reading, Ernesto Macaro, Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Oxford and Kathleen Heugh, Associate Professor at the University of South Australia.

The episode includes discussion of the following research and initiatives:

The research project Multilingualism and Multiliteracy: Raising learning outcomes in challenging contexts in primary schools across India. http://bit.ly/2OK5GyK

Multilingualism and multiliteracy in primary education in India: a discussion of some methodological challenges of an interdisciplinary research project http://bit.ly/2LiOOwO

Read these recent British Council publications investigating different aspects of EMI:

English as a medium of instruction - a global phenomenon  http://bit.ly/2rQ1pRw

English language and medium of instruction in basic education in low and middle-income countries: a British Council perspective http://bit.ly/2rYuASb

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Education in focus: South Asia is a podcast series aiming to promote a better understanding of relevant research, key challenges and innovations related to improving teaching and learning in South Asia. It includes episodes on areas such as ‘Raising students’ learning outcomes’, ‘Inclusive education’ and ‘Technology in education’.


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Episode 5: English Medium Instruction (EMI)

Episode 5: English Medium Instruction (EMI)

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