EMI Symposium 2019: Where does EMI take us? Global perspectives and local realities

26th June 2019 : 09:00 - 17:00

Category: Symposium

Research Group: English Medium Instruction

Speaker: David Lasagabaster, Professor, University of the Basque Country and Yuen Yi Lo, Associate Professor, The University of Hong Kong (keynotes)

Location: Department of Education, Seminar Rooms G/H, & K/L

Convener: Heath Rose

Convener: Kari Sahan

The English Medium Instruction (EMI) Symposium is a one-day symposium held every other year at the University of Oxford, Department of Education for students, researchers, and practitioners to convene and discuss the latest trends, experiences and findings in research on the teaching of academic subjects through English. The symposium invites keynote speakers to share their work on EMI, offering a global perspective with experts from different countries presenting on the realities of EMI in their local context.

This year, the symposium is pleased to announce Professor David Lasagabaster (University of the Basque Country),  and Yuen Yi Lo, (Associate Professor, The University of Hong Kong) as its keynote speakers. In addition, a number of individual presentations will also be delivered by students, researchers, and practitioners from across the EMI field.

The event is open to the public and registration is required.

About the speakers

David Lasagabaster is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the university of the Basque Country. His research interests revolve around bilingualism and multilingualism, language attitudes and motivation, EFL, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), EMI (English-medium Instruction), and Internationalisation in Higher Education. He is currently leading a research project on’ Team teaching in English-Medium instruction programmes at university’ in which seven European universities are involved.

Yuen Yi Lo is an Associate Professor in the Division of English Language Education of the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. She is also the Deputy Director of the Master of Education programme. She received her doctorate at the University of Oxford and has previously worked at the Hong Kong Education University. Her research interests include bilingual education, Medium of Instruction policy, code-switching, cross-curricular collaboration and assessment. Her research has been published in Review of Educational Research, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Language Teaching Research and Language and Education.

For more information email: emisymposium@gmail.com


In 2019, the University of Oxford’s Department of Education celebrates the 100th year since the passing of a statute creating what was known in 1919 as the University Department for the Training of Teachers. To celebrate our centenary a year-long series of activities will be delivered to address some of the department’s top initiatives for 2019, answer some of the big questions facing education today and to reveal the advancements the department has made to the study of and research in the field of education. Join us as we mark our 100th year and discover more about our anniversary here.

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