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Essential Competencies for English-medium University Teaching

  • Ruth Breeze
  • Carmen Sancho Guinda
  • Provides an innovative, coherent and carefully-assembled perspective on four key competencies essential to learning English as a lingua franca: creativity, critical thinking, learning autonomy and motivation

  • Includes a balanced combination of cutting-edge research and practical guidance

  • Offers introductions by leading specialists in the field followed by practitioner chapters from different cultures and university contexts


Part of the Educational Linguistics book series (EDUL, volume 27)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Critical Thinking

  3. Creativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Alan Maley
      Pages 85-98
    3. Christoph A. Hafner, Lindsay Miller, Connie Kwai Fun Ng
      Pages 111-123
  4. Autonomy

  5. Motivation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233

About this book


As English gains prominence as the language of higher education across the world, many institutions and lecturers are becoming increasingly concerned with the implications of this trend for the quality of university teaching and learning. With an innovative approach in both theme and scope, this book addresses four major competencies that are essential to ensure the effectiveness of English-medium higher education: creativity, critical thinking, autonomy and motivation. It offers an integrated perspective, both theoretical and practical, which defines these competences from different angles within ELT and Applied Linguistics, while also exploring their points of contact and applications to classroom routines. This approach is intended to provide practical guidance and inspiration, in the form of pedagogical proposals, examples of teaching practice and cutting-edge research by scholars and university teachers from all over the world. To that end, a leading specialist in the field introduces each of the four competencies, explaining concepts accessibly and synthetically, exposing false myths, presenting an updated state of the art, and opening windows for future studies. These introductions are followed by practitioner chapters written by teachers and scholars from different cultures and university contexts, who reflect on their experience and/or research and share effective procedures and suggestions for the university class with English as a vehicle for instruction.


Corpus linguistics and storytelling Creativity in English language teaching Critical thinking in English-medium instruction Digital literacies Distance collaborative group work in English EFL and EMI in higher education settings ELT methodology ESAP courses English medium instruction Indexicals and L2 learners' metadiscursive awareness Language and education Language learner autonomy Language-based transversal skills Motivation in English language learning Motivation in language learning Technology and language learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Ruth Breeze
    • 1
  • Carmen Sancho Guinda
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto Cultura y SociedadUniversidad de NavarraPamplonaSpain
  2. 2.Universidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Essential Competencies for English-medium University Teaching
  • Editors Ruth Breeze
    Carmen Sancho Guinda
  • Series Title Educational Linguistics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Educational Linguistics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-40954-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82226-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-40956-6
  • Series ISSN 1572-0292
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1656
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 307
  • Number of Illustrations 16 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Applied Linguistics
    Higher Education
    Learning & Instruction
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“The volume is a valuable reading for ESP practitioners who will find support and guidance on how to promote the four competencies in their teaching, which would enhance their professional status and identity.” (Zuocheng Zhang and Hao Liu, ESP Today, Vol. 6 (1), 2018)