FACULTY PERSPECTIVE OF THE USE OF ENGLISH AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IN THE FIELD OF EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCES
1 Universidad de Alicante (SPAIN)
2 IES Emperador Carles (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2017
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:The mastery of English is currently considered inescapable to achieve the internationalization of students and improve their work expectations. This study analyzes the perspective of university professors in Experimental Sciences regarding the employment of English as a medium of instruction (EMI) in the classroom in order to facilitate its implementation in this field. The results were obtained through an online survey. Teaching load reduction, training provision and economic incentives are the incentives/aids most valued by the academic staff for teaching in English. The main difficulties encountered by the university professors using EMI in the classroom are related to the low level of English of the students and, to a lesser extent, to their own lack of command of this language. The results obtained show the importance of the available services in the University of Alicante (UA) and University of Miguel Hernández (UMH) for the revision/translation of teaching material.
Keywords: Linguistic competence, lingua franca, English as a medium of instruction (EMI), Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), Experimental Sciences.