Coping with EMI (English as a medium of instruction): Mainland China students' strategies at a university in Macau

Shulin YU, Yan WANG, Lianjiang JIANG, Bo WANG

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Abstract

While English as a medium of instruction (EMI) is becoming a widespread institutional practice across the world, how and by what strategies students whose first language is not English cope with EMI is under-represented. Drawing on data gathered through semi-structured interviews and reflective journals from 14 Mainland Chinese EMI learners in a Macau university, this study reports on the strategies used by students to cope with EMI learning. The findings yield empirical supports for the positive role of L1 in EMI learning. The findings call for a critical attention to the role of learner agency and contextual realities in shaping EMI learners' actual strategy use in contexts. Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInnovations in Education and Training International
Early online dateJun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jun 2020

Citation

Yu, S., Wang, Y., Jiang, L., & Wang, B. (2020). Coping with EMI (English as a medium of instruction): Mainland China students' strategies at a university in Macau. Innovations in Education and Teaching International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14703297.2020.1784248

Keywords

  • Learner strategies
  • EMI (English as a medium of instruction)
  • Learner agency

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