Instructor Beliefs and Attitudes about English Medium Instruction: Report of Questionaire Study

공학 분야에서의 영어 강의(English Medium Instruction)에 대한 기초 연구

  • Kang So-Yeon (Yonsei Center for the Innovation of Englneering Education) ;
  • Park Hye-Son (University of South Carolina)
  • 강소연 (연세대학교 공학교육혁신센터) ;
  • 박혜선 (University of South Carolina 언어학과)
  • Published : 2004.03.01


The number of schools that implement English medium instruction (EMI) to improve students' English proficiency has been increasing. Despite the increasing popularity of EMI, little attention has been paid to evaluating the effectiveness of EMI and its impact on students and instructors. This study explores these issues, focused on the case of the College of Engineering at Y University. A survey questionnaire was administered to 19 engineering professors who offered EMI courses in the Fall of 2003. The survey results show that: 1) the professors perceive that students' low English proficiency is a large obstacle to successful implementation of EMI, and that pre-EMI language courses are needed to prepare students for EMI. 2)Though the professors expressed confidence in their English proficiency, they indicated that they felt quite a lot stressed at teaching EMI courses; hence, support of the school administration is needed to help faculty offering EMI courses. 3)To improve students' English proficiency, native-speaking language instructors are needed to provide feedback on students' written and spoken English.



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