EMI, ICLHE & Englishization

Conference postponed to october 2022!

Regrettably, in the light of the continuing uncertainties due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the 7th ICLHE Conference to October 2022. The exact dates will be announced no later than the end of May 2021. We do not want to take any health risks and wish to give as many people as possible the opportunity to participate in the conference. However regrettable for the many contributors who have submitted excellent proposals, we think the decision is wise in the circumstances. We look forward to seeing you in person in 2022!

But we are organizing an online Symposium on 21-22 October 2021. This event will not aim to replicate the physical Conference, but is on a related theme: “The Englishization of Higher Education: A phenomenon of glocalization?” Studies of Englishization often emphasize the existence of localized varieties, glocalization. The Symposium will bring together scholars from across the world. What are similarities? What are differences? Details will soon be announced.

This website will be adapted to reflect the changing circumstances.


7th ICLHE Conference: Reflecting on the changing university 

The 7th ICLHE Conference will take place in Maastricht (Netherlands) in October 2022. ICLHE stands for Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education. We are pleased to open this website. All the necessary information about the conference, registration and more will appear here over the next few months. We look forward to welcoming you all to Maastricht University.

The focus of the 7th ICLHE Conference is not merely on teaching and learning through an additional language that have been the traditional staple of earlier Conferences. The intention in 2022 is to home in on the language that has become dominant in many spheres, i.e. English. The conference addresses the impact and consequences of this dominance, e.g. the impact on the classroom, the key actors involved, the university and society. 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 and scholars in an ever-globalizing world.

The 7th Conference aims to delve into the effects of Englishization and EMI 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. It is important to reflect on the impact of EMI and Englishization in the past two or three decades, but also on its impact now and what the future might look like. 

In the spotlight

Aminata Cairo

Keynote speaker: Aminata Cairo

Aminata Cairo is an independent consultant and the former Lector of Inclusive Education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. She obtained Master’s Degrees in Clinical Psychology and Medical Anthropology and a PhD in Medical Anthropology. She will give the opening keynote speech on Wednesday 20 October 2021.

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Philippe Van Parijs

Keynote speaker: 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. He was the founding director of Louvain’s Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics. He will be the keynote speaker on Thursday 21 October 2021.

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Anna Kristina Hultgren

Keynote speaker: Anna Kristina Hultgren

Anna Kristina Hultgren holds a DPhil in Sociolinguistics and an MA in English and French Language. Kristina is currently Senior Lecturer in English Language and Applied Linguistics at The Open University, UK, and Future Leaders Fellow at UK Research and Innovation. She will deliver the closing keynote on Friday 22 October 2021.

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