ICHLE Symposium 2021

Themes & programme

The purpose of this online Symposium is to investigate pros and cons of the global Englishization of higher education. The Symposium brings together scholars from across the world. What are the differences and similarities regarding their findings on Englishization? Does this process bring new opportunities or is it a threat?

Englishization is the process in which the English language is increasingly gaining ground in domains where another language was previously used. In education, it is not only about an increase in EMI programmes, but also about the increase in English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and in programmes which integrate Content and Language in higher education (ICLHE) as far as English is concerned. In higher education, Englishization means an increase in the number of research publications in English and a relative decrease of those in the first language (L1), more courses and programmes taught in English, the increased use of literature from the Anglophone world including in programmes taught through a different language, and a greater proportion of international staff. The Englishization of higher education often also has an impact on other domains in society, such as culture.

Englishization has been presented in terms of glocalization in order to emphasize the existence of localized varieties of Englishization. The concept of glocalization indicates that the global intensification of dependencies beyond national borders in different domains goes hand in hand with the articulation of local particularities. This global-local nexus can also be applied to the worldwide introduction of EMI programmes. In this case, glocalization means that universities across the world may offer EMI programmes, but they do so in their own way. This implies that the Englishization is shaped differently. Is Englishization a phenomenon that is well conceptualized in terms of glocalization? Should it be talked about in other theoretical terms? This Symposium aims not only to address these kinds of fundamental questions, but also to draw attention to their practical consequences.