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English used as a medium of instruction in universities: the growing trend

Professor Jennifer Jenkins interviews Professor Anna Mauranen about trends in the academic use of English.

In this video, Jennifer Jenkins interviews Anna Mauranen, from the University of Helskinki, about the use of English as a lingua franca in universities.

Jennifer and Anna are pioneers of the study of ELF (English as a lingua franca) and have been called ‘mothers of ELF.’ Anna describes her interest in academic ELF use and her ground-breaking work analysing spoken and written language in the ELFA and WrELFA corpuses.

The interview took place on 24th June 2016 and so also touches on the impact on English of the UK’s exit from the EU.

If you are interested in this topic, you may be interested in another of our free courses English as a Medium of Instruction for Academics.

What do you think of the trend for universities around the world to offer courses through the medium of English? What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing this?
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