“Being a professor and doing EMI properly isn’t easy”. An identity-theoretic investigation of content teachers’ attitudes towards EMI at a university in Hong Kong

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Abstract

Recent research has documented the rapid growth in the number of universities offering degree courses using English as the medium of instruction (EMI) throughout Asia. While some of this research has considered the impact of EMI instruction on student learning, only limited attention has been given to the experiences of other stakeholders, such as academic staff who are expected to deliver EMI courses in tertiary institutions. Therefore, this chapter explores the perspectives and experiences of academic staff at a large EMI tertiary institution in Hong Kong. Using a framework of teacher identity, the chapter considers the role of EMI policy and practice in the ability of academic staff to negotiate multiple identities, including ‘academic economist’, ‘researcher’, and ‘teacher’, by revealing the dominant discourses that constrained and enabled their professional identity construction. The data describes the challenges that academic staff experience in constructing their preferred identities in an EMI environment and how they negotiated such challenges. Implications for policymakers wishing to support the identity construction of academic staff at EMI tertiary institutions throughout Asia and beyond are considered and suggestions for future research discussed. Copyright © 2017 Springer International Publishing AG.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnglish medium instruction in higher education in Asia-Pacific: From policy to pedagogy
EditorsBen FENTON-SMITH, Pamela HUMPHREYS, Ian WALKINSHAW
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages219-239
ISBN (Print)9783319519746, 9783319519760
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Citation

Trent, J. (2017). “Being a professor and doing EMI properly isn’t easy”. An identity-theoretic investigation of content teachers’ attitudes towards EMI at a university in Hong Kong. In B. Fenton-Smith, P. Humphreys, & I. Walkinshaw (Eds.), English medium instruction in higher education in Asia-Pacific: From policy to pedagogy (pp. 219-239). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Keywords

  • English medium of instruction (EMI)
  • Teacher identity
  • Teacher education

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