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Pages: 6723-6728
Publication year: 2015
ISBN: 978-84-606-5763-7
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2015
Location: Madrid, Spain

CHALLENGES OF ADAPTING ENGLISH MEDIUM INSTRUCTION INTO THE SPANISH UNIVERISTY CURRICULA AND SOME NOVEL SOLUTIONS: TECHENGLISH

The integration of the Spanish university system in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) demands a series of concrete proposals. As we advance in the implementation of the process of Bologna, it is necessary to contemplate a new paradigm of teaching/learning. Central to this new paradigm is the adaptation of the curricula into the English language medium (EMI). This phenomenon is only not occurring in Spain but throughout Europe. Studies show that at over 400 European higher education institutions there were 2400 English-medium programs in 2007, which represented a 340-percent increase within bachelor and master courses compared with 2002. We can only assume that lately the increase is even more dramatic. However, the rate of implementation does not always coincide with the rate of success. In fact, the implementation of EMI is plagued with challenges and difficulties. This paper examines the implementation of a recently introduced project TechEnglish at the Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM). We begin by describing the context of the UPM and the forces driving the adoption of English as a Medium of instruction through TechEnglish. Although, the project is in its early stages, many challenges have arisen and novel solutions have been employed. The paper will provide the background to the TechEnglish project but will mainly concentrate on the linguistic challenges of the lecturers (the key players in achieving the TechEnglish goals) and the solutions provided by close collaboration between the department of applied linguistics and the lecturers themselves. It will detail the process of engaging language teachers to provide seminars dealing with topics paramount to the lectures (content teachers). It will then describe the process of selection of a series of teaching assistants and describe their role in the adaptation of EMI. Finally, feedback on these processes from the lectures themselves will be detailed.
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author = {Pierce, J. and Arg{\"{u}}elles {\'{A}}lvarez, I. and Cuadrado, G. and Robisco, M.M. and Mill{\'{a}}n, M. and Villarroel, M. and {\'{A}}lvarez, I. and Sancho, C. and Salto-Weis, I. and Dochao, L. and Blanco, J. and Garc{\'{i}}a, A.B. and Gonz{\'{a}}lez, M.M. and Mart{\'{i}}nez Nu{\~n}ez, M. and San Jos{\'{e}}, F. and Gonz{\'{a}}lez Rodrigo, S. and Menoyo, D. and Benavente, E. and Rodr{\'{i}}guez Herva, J.J. and Quemada, M. and Rodr{\'{i}}guez-Sinobas, L. and Rosado, E. and Hontoria, C.},
title = {CHALLENGES OF ADAPTING ENGLISH MEDIUM INSTRUCTION INTO THE SPANISH UNIVERISTY CURRICULA AND SOME NOVEL SOLUTIONS: TECHENGLISH},
series = {9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2015 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-606-5763-7},
issn = {2340-1079},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Madrid, Spain},
month = {2-4 March, 2015},
year = {2015},
pages = {6723-6728}}
TY - CONF
AU - J. Pierce AU - I. Argüelles Álvarez AU - G. Cuadrado AU - M.M. Robisco AU - M. Millán AU - M. Villarroel AU - I. Álvarez AU - C. Sancho AU - I. Salto-Weis AU - L. Dochao AU - J. Blanco AU - A.B. García AU - M.M. González AU - M. Martínez Nuñez AU - F. San José AU - S. González Rodrigo AU - D. Menoyo AU - E. Benavente AU - J.J. Rodríguez Herva AU - M. Quemada AU - L. Rodríguez-Sinobas AU - E. Rosado AU - C. Hontoria
TI - CHALLENGES OF ADAPTING ENGLISH MEDIUM INSTRUCTION INTO THE SPANISH UNIVERISTY CURRICULA AND SOME NOVEL SOLUTIONS: TECHENGLISH
SN - 978-84-606-5763-7/2340-1079
PY - 2015
Y1 - 2-4 March, 2015
CI - Madrid, Spain
JO - 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2015 Proceedings
SP - 6723
EP - 6728
ER -
J. Pierce, I. Argüelles Álvarez, G. Cuadrado, M.M. Robisco, M. Millán, M. Villarroel, I. Álvarez, C. Sancho, I. Salto-Weis, L. Dochao, J. Blanco, A.B. García, M.M. González, M. Martínez Nuñez, F. San José, S. González Rodrigo, D. Menoyo, E. Benavente, J.J. Rodríguez Herva, M. Quemada, L. Rodríguez-Sinobas, E. Rosado, C. Hontoria (2015) CHALLENGES OF ADAPTING ENGLISH MEDIUM INSTRUCTION INTO THE SPANISH UNIVERISTY CURRICULA AND SOME NOVEL SOLUTIONS: TECHENGLISH, INTED2015 Proceedings, pp. 6723-6728.
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