Kari Sahan holds a DPhil in Education from the University of Oxford, Department of Education.

She is a member of the English Medium Instruction (EMI) Oxford Research Group and the assistant project lead for the ‘Teaching English and Teaching IN English Network’ (https://globalenglishes-emi.network/).

Her research focuses on EMI in higher education, language education policy, and classroom interaction. Her doctoral research explored the relationship between language education policy and practice in higher education by examining the implementation of English-medium programs in Turkey. She is currently involved in research projects with the Department of Education examining learning outcomes on EMI university programs and the provision for EMI programs on offer across countries.

She tutored on the MSc in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching (formerly MSc TELUS) at the University of Oxford, Department of Education from 2017-2020. Prior to starting her DPhil, she worked at the Turkish Fulbright Commission in Ankara and as an English language instructor at Bursa Technical University, Turkey.


Journal Articles:

Kamasak, R., Sahan, K., & Rose, H. (2021) Linguistic challenges and learner characteristics in English-medium university programs. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 49, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2020.100945

Sahan, K., (2020). ELF interactions in English-medium engineering classrooms. ELT Journal https://doi.org/10.1093/elt/ccaa033.

Şahan, Ö., & Şahan, K., & Razı, S. (2014). Turkish Language Proficiency and Cultural Adaptation of American EFL Teachers in Turkey. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 158, 304-311. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.12.092


Book chapters:

Sahan, K., & Rose, H. (2021). Problematising the E in EMI: Translanguaging as a pedagogic alternative to English-only hegemony. In B.A. Paulsrud, Z. Tian, & J. Toth (Eds.), At the Crossroads of EMI and Translanguaging. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Şahan, Ö, & Sahan, K. (2021). What challenges do novice teachers face in under-resourced contexts in Turkey? An exploratory study. In K. Bailey & D. Christian (Eds.), Global Research on Teaching and Learning English (Vol. 8). New York: Routledge.

Çoban, M., Şahan, Ö., & Şahan, K. (2017). A Needs Analysis Based Study: The Professional Development Needs of EFL Instructors at a Technical University. In D. Köksal (Ed.), Researching ELT: Classroom Methodology and Beyond (pp. 229-242). New York: Peter Lang.

Other publications:

Curle, S., Jablonkai, R. R., Mittelmeier, J., Sahan, K. (2020). English in Higher Education – English medium: Literature Review. British Council: ELT Research Papers.

Şahan, K.C., Melsen, M., Tawell, A., Newell, K., Wortmann, K., & Mukhi, N.  (Eds.). (2017). Doing Education Differently: Proceedings of the 2017 STORIES Conference. Oxford: Oxford: STORIES Conference.