EMI, ICLHE & Englishization

Conference October 2022 & Symposium October 2021

As a result of the 2021 Symposium, Maastricht University and the ICLHE Association look forward with great enthusiasm to the main ICLHE Conference which is scheduled to take place on 18-21 October 2022. Read more about the Conference in October 2022 below and here

The two-day online ICLHE Symposium on 21-22 October 2021 focusing on the Englishization of Higher Education was very successful with participants from across the world. Recordings of some of the contributions will soon become available. To find out more about the October 2021 symposium click here

EMI, ICLHE and Englishization: Reflecting on the changing university

7th ICLHE Conference, 18-21 October 2022

The 7th ICLHE Conference will take place in Maastricht (Netherlands) from 18th to 21st October 2022. The 2022 Conference will follow up on the Symposium in 2021 by homing in on the language that has become dominant in many spheres, English. The Conference will examine how English is impacting on the classroom, the key actors involved, the university and society. This includes, importantly, the impact of the learning and teaching of content through other additional languages.

English has become a central factor in the internationalization of universities. English-medium instruction or EMI, as it is commonly known, is seen by many as the means through which universities demonstrate the extent of their internationalization. EMI is perceived both as a sign of Englishization of higher education and as an opportunity for students in an ever-globalizing world.

The 7th Conference aims to delve into the effects on other languages, on the nature of knowledge, on the status of a language as academic language, on the design and quality of teaching and learning, and on national and local cultural identity.

Not only is it valuable to reflect on the impact of EMI and Englishization in these areas in the past two or three decades, but also to cast a forward-looking glance to what the future might be. 

In the spotlight

Aminata Cairo

Aminata Cairo

Aminata Cairo is an independent consultant and the former Lector of Inclusive Education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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Philippe Van Parijs

Philippe Van Parijs

Philippe Van Parijs is a guest professor at the Universities of Louvain and Leuven and a Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute. 

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Anna Kristina Hultgren

Anna Kristina Hultgren

Anna Kristina Hultgren holds a DPhil in Sociolinguistics and an MA in English and French Language. 

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Kwok-kan Tam

Kwok-kan Tam

Kwok-kan Tam is Chair Professor of English and Dean of Humanities and Social Science at the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong.

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Alma Maldonado-Maldonado

Alma Maldonado-Maldonado

Alma Maldonado-Maldonado is a researcher at the Department of Educational Research (DIE) in Mexico.

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