Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


2nd International Symposium on English-medium Instruction

A symposium jointly offered by the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. There is no charge for attendance but we ask you to register (see below).

Friday 25 May 2018

To be held at University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via Columbia 2, Rome

International perspectives on English-medium instruction (EMI): from global to local

The worldwide expansion of English-medium instruction (EMI) now affects practically everyone who works with English in Italian universities—whether researchers, lecturers, students, tutors, teacher trainers, language teachers or policy makers and administrators-–and our one-day international symposium aims to be accessible to this wide audience. Talks on EMI in Europe, Asia and Italy will provide an overview of EMI around the world and two roundtable sessions will debate the many controversial issues that EMI has given rise to: how can the global spread of EMI coexist with multilingualism? Is EMI affecting the prestige of local languages? How does ELF language use affect learning in different disciplines? What criteria for quality control are there for EMI courses? What model of English do we need? What kind of research is needed to investigate EMI courses? Which methods work best?

We are also interested in widening our network of researchers and practitioners interested in EMI and in discussing our research agenda with them. So graduates, trainee teachers, young researchers and PhD students working in languages and education are particularly welcome to attend.

Click here to see an aricle written by Hugo Bowles, University of Rome Tor Vergata, published in the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore on 14 May 2018, where he sets out the themes of English as a lingua franca and university language policies. The article is in Italian.

Scientific Committee

Beyza Bjorkman, Stockholm University; Hugo Bowles, University of Rome Tor Vergata; Francesca Costa, Università degli Studi di Bergamo; Chiara Degano, University of Rome Tor Vergata; Jagdish Kaur, University of Malaya; Amanda Murphy, CHEI, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


Click here to see the programme.


Please register here for the symposium. There is no charge for attendance. 

For further information about the symposium please contact CHEI.