The 7th ICLHE Conference takes place in Maastricht (Netherlands) from 18th to 21st October 2022. The 2022 Conference follows up on the Symposium in 2021 by homing in on the language that has become dominant in many spheres, English. The Conference examines 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.
Philippe Van Parijs is a guest professor at the Universities of Louvain and Leuven and a Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute.
Anna Kristina Hultgren holds a DPhil in Sociolinguistics and an MA in English and French Language.