In January 2014, the Academic Board approved a new language policy that marks a major shift in practices. Approximately 80% of undergraduate courses are to be delivered through the English as the medium of instruction (EMI), although classes may be conducted with the judicious use of innovative multilingual pedagogy. The new language policy has caused some unease among staff and students, who fear that using EMI may inhibit learning or who are unsure how to prepare for and deliver classes through EMI or through multilingual channels. In this presentation, I contextualize the greater emphasis on English as the EMI in HKIEd is part of a strategy to foster biliterate and trilingual students. I will present several strategies that are designed to help make learning in EMI classes enjoyable, accessible and successful. I also argue that we can move towards social equity through providing accessible quality learning to all students despite their diverse language backgrounds.
|Publication status||Published - 2015|