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Evolving Agendas in European English-Medium Higher Education

Interculturality, Multilingualism and Language Policy


About this book


English medium-of-instruction (EMI) is transforming modern-day universities across the globe, creating increasingly complex linguistic and intercultural realities which lecturers, students and decision-makers must negotiate. Teaching subject matter at higher-education level through the medium of English, in countries where English is neither an official nor national language (e.g. the Netherlands, Germany), is a highly complex phenomenon fraught with challenges and benefits. EMI programmes are capable of transforming domestic degree programmes into platforms of intercultural teaching and learning by infusing them with greater numbers of international faculty and students. Equally however, EMI programmes pose a socio-linguistic, -cultural and -economic challenge by institutionalising English at higher-education level within a country and displacing somewhat national and minority languages. This book, the first of its kind, provides an up-to-date and empirically-informed exploration of these salient themes in Europe, based on significant empirical data gathered and analysed on the German EMI context.


education English Europe German globalization higher education interculturality language language policy learning linguistics multilingual sociolinguistics teaching

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.National University of Ireland MaynoothIreland

About the authors

Clive W. Earls is currently Lecturer in German and Linguistics at the School of Modern Languages, Literature and Culture at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. He teaches and publishes primarily on Applied Linguistics, Intercultural Communication, Sociolinguistics, Language Policy and Planning and Higher Education Policy.

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