Policy development for English medium instruction at a Nepali University: Unpacking hidden motivations and agendas

Karna RANA, Pramod Kumar SAH

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Abstract

This chapter reports on the perceived beliefs of some lecturers regarding English as a medium of instruction (EMI) policy creation and enactment at a university in Nepal. The analysis of interviews with the lecturers revealed their motivations for promoting EMI embedded in their expectation to globally recognized qualifications and equip graduates with English proficiency for global job opportunities, study abroad, and economic benefits. The findings indicate that the university's adoption of the EMI policy is not necessarily developed in response to the local realities but is rather guided by neoliberal ideologies and motivations. The lecturers seem to choose “profit” (securing international jobs and study abroad opportunities) over “pride” (local culture, knowledge, and identity). Hence, it appears that the EMI policy is likely to cause English to displace Nepali and other local languages from higher education and perpetuate the English-only hegemonic ideology. Copyright © 2023 selection and editorial matter, Pramod K. Sah and Fan Fang; individual chapters, the contributors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolicies, politics, and ideologies of English-medium instruction in Asian universities: Unsettling critical edges
EditorsPramod K. SAH, Fan FANG
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Pages48-62
ISBN (Electronic)9781003173120
ISBN (Print)9781032001838
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Citation

Rana, K., & Sah, P. K. (2023). Policy development for English medium instruction at a Nepali University: Unpacking hidden motivations and agendas. In P. K. Sah & F. Fang (Eds.), Policies, politics, and ideologies of English-medium instruction in Asian universities: Unsettling critical edges (pp. 48-62). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003173120-5

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