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English Medium Instruction in Higher Education in Asia-Pacific

From Policy to Pedagogy

  • Ben Fenton-Smith
  • Pamela Humphreys
  • Ian Walkinshaw

Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Ian Walkinshaw, Ben Fenton-Smith, Pamela Humphreys
    Pages 1-18
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

About this book


This volume draws together the viewpoints and research findings of leading scholars and informed local practitioner-researchers throughout Asia-Pacific about the issues and challenges of English as a medium of instruction (EMI) at higher education institutions in that region. Specifically, it addresses four key themes: Macro-level EMI policy and practice; institutional implications for pedagogy; stakeholder perceptions of EMI; and challenges of interpersonal interaction in EMI contexts. The book is among the first to critically examine the emerging global phenomenon of English as a medium of instruction, and the first title to exclusively explore Asia-Pacific tertiary contexts. It will be of particular interest to policy-makers in international education and tertiary educators seeking blueprints for practice, as well as scholars and postgraduate students of English as a lingua franca, English for academic purposes, academic language and learning, and language education in Asia-Pacific.


EMI in Korean higher education English as a Lingua Franca in tertiary education English as a medium of instruction (EMI) English as an international language (EIL) English language proficiency in an Australian EMI context English medium education in Singapore English medium higher education in Pakistan English medium instruction in Cambodia Language Policy and trans-national education educational policies, English as a medium of instruction international education in Asia Pacific languages of higher education in East and Southeast Asia pedagogy of english in Asia

Editors and affiliations

  • Ben Fenton-Smith
    • 1
  • Pamela Humphreys
    • 2
  • Ian Walkinshaw
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Humanities, Languages and Social ScienceGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Griffith English Language InstituteGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.School of Humanities, Languages and Social ScienceGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title English Medium Instruction in Higher Education in Asia-Pacific
  • Book Subtitle From Policy to Pedagogy
  • Editors Ben Fenton-Smith
    Pamela Humphreys
    Ian Walkinshaw
  • Series Title Multilingual Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Multilingual Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-51974-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84789-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-51976-0
  • Series ISSN 2213-3208
  • Series E-ISSN 2213-3216
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 320
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Learning & Instruction
    Higher Education
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“This book makes a very important and timely contribution to the current debate regarding university programmes of English Medium Instruction. The nine chapters in the first part critique EMI policies in most national contexts in the Asia-Pacific region, while the following six focus on practical implications based on original empirical evidence. Although the negative aspects of EMI policies are highlighted, there are clear indications as to how some of these might be overcome. The book should be essential reading for all academic stakeholders – including lecturers of university disciplines, language teaching experts and – above all – national and institutional policymakers.” (Roger Barnard, Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics, University of Waikato)