Julie Dearden

I teach the Masters module in English Language Teaching (ELT) on the Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition MSc course at the Department of Education. I have a special interest in English Medium Instruction (EMI).

I teach the English Language Teaching module on the MSc course in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (ALSLA). It is a 2-term module in which we explore teaching and get the opportunity to put our theory into practice. The students on the course come from many different cultural and academic backgrounds and so we benefit hugely from comparing our experiences of teaching.
From 2013-2016 I was Senior Research and Development Fellow in EMI at the Department of Education and I managed EMI Oxford, the Centre for Research and Development in English Medium Instruction which was established in March 2014. As I have a special interest in EMI we also discuss EMI in our classes!
My research includes a global survey of EMI in 55 countries (2015), a collaborative planning study in Turkey where Preparatory Year teachers and EMI teachers worked together to plan lectures (2015), and surveys of 400 teachers and 1,000 students to gauge their perceptions and beliefs on EMI (2017). More recently I worked with the team on a Systematic Review of EMI in Higher Education (2018). I have a particular interest in how English Language teachers and EMI lecturers and teachers might work together and recently wrote a chapter: The Changing Roles of EMI Academics and English Language Specialists for a book by Kirkgoz and Dikilitas ” Key Issues In English for Specific Purposes in Higher Education” published by Springer (2018).
I am currently working on a chapter for a book about young learners of English in Korea with Jieun Kaier from the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics here at the University of Oxford..
My work outside the Department takes me all around the world training lecturers and teachers in EMI and I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to share with and learn from EMI teachers and lecturers in many different countries.


Journal articles

  • Macaro, E, Akincioglu, M, Dearden, J (2016) “English medium instruction in universities: A collaborative experiment in Turkey”, Studies in English Language Teaching.

  • Dearden, J, Macaro, E (2016) “Higher education teachers’ attitudes towards English medium instruction: A three-country comparison”, Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching. 6(3) 455-486.
    DOI: http://doi.org/10.14746/sllt.2016.6.3.5


  • Dearden, J, Akincioglu, M (2016) EMI in Turkish universities: Collaborative planning and student voices. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Dearden, J (2014) English as a medium of instruction - a growing global phenomenon. London: British Council.


  • Department staff

College affiliation

  • Hertford College


  • Lecturer

Subject area

  • EMI Course (EMI Oxford Research Centre)
  • MSc Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition

Research groups

  • Applied Linguistics

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Publications, books and other work