English-medium instruction in (neoliberalised) higher education: questioning some assumptions [Keynote contributions]
Document typeConference report
PublisherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Rights accessOpen Access
The global spread of English, which began some time ago, has in recent years come to be fused with the neoliberalisation of higher education (HE) and the introduction and implementation of internationalisation policies in universities worldwide. One key feature of these internationalisation policies is Englishisation, the use of English in an increasing number of domains of activity, English-medium instruction (EMI) being a prime example. EMI is by now a much-researched phenomenon and there has been an exponential increase in publications focusing on it in a range of contexts and from a multitude of angles (e.g. curricular issues, teaching practice, lecturer identity, etc.). Nevertheless, what is too often missing in publications is a questioning of certain taken-for-granted assumptions, not least that EMI should and must exist. In this paper, based on my plenary paper at the 2021 AELFE-TAPP conference, I examine and critique this existential assumption, along with others, drawing on my reading of relevant literature and my participation in a research project exploring EMI in action.
CitationBlock, D. English-medium instruction in (neoliberalised) higher education: questioning some assumptions. A: AELFE-TAPP 2021 (19th AELFE Conference, 2nd TAPP Conference). "Multilingual academic and professional communication in a networked world. Proceedings of AELFE-TAPP 2021 (19th AELFE Conference, 2nd TAPP Conference). Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona), 7-9 July 2021". Vilanova i la Geltrú: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 2021, ISBN 978-84-9880-943-5.