English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI)


What is the course about?

This course looks at the challenges of using English as a medium of instruction for teachers and students who are non-native English speakers. It introduces some key principles along with a range of different approaches and ideas. The primary focus is on practical ways of introducing English as a Medium of Instruction into existing course programmes and into a classroom teaching environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is for in-service teachers and staff in the vocational and higher education sectors who currently use English as a medium of instruction in their teaching institution, or will have a need to do so in the future. Participants’ English should be at a minimum B1 level.

After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:

At the end of the course, you will:

The course ends with an evaluation session, where teachers are asked to reflect upon the value of the knowledge gained on the course. They are also encouraged in this session to create a Personal Development Action Plan, and select activities which they would like to try out in their own classes. They are invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow colleagues, and with participants from other courses.
If you are from a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will need a visa. Students from certain countries do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in the UK. You can check if you need to apply for a visa on the UK Visas and Immigration website.
We can recommend a few accommodation options. Find out about them on our accommodation page.

In the unlikely event of a course not recruiting sufficient numbers you would be offered an alternative.

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Fast Facts

Start date(s)
Max. group size
Min. age
Minimum CEF level
Starting from B1
Course materials
Is Erasmus+ funding available?
In York Course Formats
21 hours
Booking fee


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Sample Course Programme

TIMESession OneSession TwoSession Three
Introduction to the course: objectives and methodology
Types of EMI and the English being used
Defining the elements of best practice
Challenges and opportunities
TUESDAYBasic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS)Meeting the needs of your studentsTBL Bloom’s Taxonomy
Anderson and Krathwohl
WEDNESDAYUnderstanding the acquisition and use of languageManaging change: roles and
Bringing Culture/
Community into the
THURSDAYTranslating theory into practice Practicalities
Can Do’s
Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP)
Self-study /
Professional development
FRIDAYTeaching practice Peer feedbackTeaching practice Peer feedbackConclusion and

Week Review
and Evaluation
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