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Annual Adventures in Research: Conceptualising language in EMI: studies from international universities in Europe and Asia Event

Annual Adventures in Research
4 June 2015
Avenue Campus

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Will Baker at .

Event details

A workshop on English Medium Instruction (EMI) research was hosted on Thursday 4th June 2015.

The provision of English-Medium-Instruction (EMI) in non-Anglophone settings and the number of international students in Anglophone settings continue to rise at unprecedented levels. This leads to significant linguistic and educational issues for the universities involved. This day-long workshop will explore the role of language(s) in EMI through a series of invited talks and a round-table discussion, addressing conceptual considerations as well as studies from the UK, continental Europe and Asia.

Talks included:

  • Ute Smit (Universität Wien) - 'English-medium education: On plurilingual practices in an international classroom'
  • Will Baker, Julia Hüttner (University of Southampton), Naowarat Patipatpakdee, Sompratana Ratanakul (Silpakorn University) - '"We're not the language police" - The role of English(es) in language policies and perspectives in multilingual universities'
  • Francesca Helm (Università di Padova) - 'Italian lecturers' perspectives on EMI: A transdisciplinary case study'
  • Miya Komori-Glatz (WU Business University Vienna) - 'EMI and Internationalisation in European Business Education'
  • Ying Wang (University of Southampton) - 'A case study of EMI in a Chinese university context'
  • Round-table discussion with: Jennifer Jenkins, Ute Smit, Will Baker, Julia Hüttner, Francesca Helm, Miya Komori-Glatz and Ying Wang

Speaker information

Dr Will Baker,I joined the staff in Modern Languages in 2009. Prior to this I undertook a PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Southampton on the subject of intercultural awareness and intercultural communication through English. Before coming to Southampton, I taught at Silpakorn University in Thailand for 5 years. I worked as an English language teacher for over 10 years in both the UK and Thailand at all levels, but specialising in English for Academic Purposes.

Ute Smit,Universität Wien,I am an applied linguist working at an English Department, which I guess also explains my interest in ‘real-world’ issues connected to English. As the majority of my students are becoming teachers (and I trained as a teacher myself, long ago), my main focus has been on English in and around education, in Austria, Europe more generally, and also in South Africa – actually, that’s where I started off doing research on the whole.

Miya Komori-Glatz ,WU Business University Vienna,Miya received her first degree in modern languages from the University of Cambridge in 2006, including a year at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, and her Mag. phil. at the University of Vienna in 2010. She is now doing a PhD investigating the experiences of students on English-taught master programmes at WU, with a particular focus on the language aspects of these courses. Her broader research interests include language and culture contact, semiotics, and teaching English. Miya has taught English in various contexts, including as a trainer in firms. At WU she teaches EBC1, EBC2 and EBC3 and also offers specialised language coaching.

Francesa Helm,Università di Padova,Francesca Helm has taught English at Padova University since 1992 and has been a researcher at the Department of International Studies, University of Padova since February 2006. She teaches English language in the second-level degree courses: International Politics and Diplomacy, and European Studies.

Dr Ying Wang,I became a lecturer in Modern Languages, University of Southampton in 2015. Before this, I had two years’ experience of lecturing Applied Linguistics and Sociolinguistics in a Chinese university. I received my PhD degree with a research project looking into Chinese speakers’ perceptions of their own English in intercultural communication.

Dr Julia Hüttner ,After training as a language teacher for EFL and Italian, I worked as a teacher in a variety of settings, many related to ESP. I completed a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh in 2000 and a PhD on academic writing in English as a foreign language at the University in Vienna in 2005. From 2000 to 2009 I worked at the English Department of the University of Vienna, where I taught a wide variety of linguistics and applied linguistics courses. I joined the School of Modern Languages as a lecturer in Applied Linguistics in October 2009

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