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Challenges in implementing English-medium instruction: Perspectives of Humanities and Social Sciences professors teaching engineering students

Title
Challenges in implementing English-medium instruction: Perspectives of Humanities and Social Sciences professors teaching engineering students
Authors
Kim, JeongyeonKim, Eun GyongKWEON, SOO-OK
POSTECH Authors
KWEON, SOO-OK
Date Issued
Jul-2018
Publisher
PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Abstract
Science and Engineering universities have been at the forefront of a recent drive tocultivate the global competitiveness of Korean higher education through English-mediuminstruction (EMI). This study investigates how professors teaching Humanities and SocialSciences (HSS) in this local context envision an EMI policy and the roles of the local languageby means of questionnaires and interviews. Furthermore, this study identifies thetypes of support needed for improving EMI in a non-English context. The quantitative datawere collected from more than 80 percent of the HSS faculty members of three majorScience and Engineering universities in Korea, followed by subsequent qualitative interviewswith nine of the respondents. The results show that while generally supportingthe internationalization of higher education, the participants perceived their lack of autonomyfrom selection to implementation of the policy as a serious problem. Interestingly,the local language was perceived as crucial to practicing the HSS disciplines and to conductingtheir professional roles. These findings illuminate contingencies of an EMI policybound by a local context which include a shared understanding of the influences of aninstructional language on teaching HSS subjects.
URI
http://oasis.postech.ac.kr/handle/2014.oak/51036
DOI
10.1016/j.esp.2018.03.005
ISSN
0889-4906
Article Type
Article
Citation
ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES, vol. 51, page. 111 - 123, 2018-07
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