Quotation Schmidt-Unterberger, Barbara. 2018. The English-medium paradigm: a conceptualisation of English-medium teaching in higher education. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. 21 (5), 527-539.


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The discourse on English-medium teaching in higher education uses several terms and concepts to describe practices, very often synonymously. This contribution aims to fill the research gap of a conceptualisation of English-medium teaching in higher education. It will identify relevant approaches and their corresponding terminology, as well as clarify which approaches are most suitable for higher education. Given that the past decades have seen a substantial rise in the use of English as a teaching language in European compulsory schooling (Dalton-Puffer 2011, 182–83), the paper will also draw parallels between the secondary and the tertiary levels of education. At the same time, it will also be shown why insights drawn from research conducted in secondary education cannot simply be transferred to the tertiary level of education. The main focus of the paper is on the “English-medium Paradigm,” a framework created to identify prevalent instructional types in English-taught programmes at universities in non-Anglophone countries (Unterberger 2014, 45-52). The paradigm is based on terminological and conceptual considerations gained from the critical discussion of English for specific purposes, English for academic purposes, Content and language integrated learning and English-medium instruction literature (e.g. Bhatia 1993; Hyland 2006; Dalton-Puffer 2007; Dafouz and Smit 2014). The paper therefore provides a timely conceptualisation of the varieties of English-medium teaching in higher education which also takes into account pedagogical considerations as well as implications for curriculum design.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title The English-medium paradigm: a conceptualisation of English-medium teaching in higher education
Volume 21
Number 5
Year 2018
Page from 527
Page to 539
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2018.1491949
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13670050.2018.1491949

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Schmidt-Unterberger, Barbara (Details)
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Department of Foreign Language Business Communication DP (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
6604 Applied linguistics (Details)
6618 Language studies (also: comparative -) (Details)
6624 Language instruction research (Details)
6625 Technical language studies (Details)
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