Mary Page

Mary Page

English Medium Instruction has been my main research focus since 2007 when I taught our first EMI course at Southampton. I've worked with so many wonderful international colleagues because of EMI!

Location UK

Activity

  • Yes! "Cognitive overload" is the phrase I was looking for! I'm not saying that idioms are a "no-no" (ha! ha!) but simply that we shouldn't throw in potential extra difficulties for students, particularly those who might for one reason or another be struggling.

  • I totally understand what you're saying, Murod, and would emphasise that as a content lecturer then your focus is on that - the content. But I see no harm in helping learners with the metalanguage they need to fully engage with interactions that can promote discussion around the content.

  • Welcome!

  • We hope that this course will help you to feel more confident about teaching through English. Let us know how you get on!

  • I hope you'll enjoy it, Laura.

  • So how do you do this, April? Do you actually split the class and have 2 different sessions?

  • Me too!

  • Is everyone aware of their mannerisms? Is it necessary to try to control them?

  • Yes, moving around, when possible, has benefits for teacher and learners alike.

  • Teaching/lecturing was never easy!

  • I love the fact that looking students in the eyes gives you confidence! Is that true for all, I wonder?

  • Yes, over-gesticulating can be most annoying!

  • Perhaps we have to be less sensitive to the way we "look" on the screen as we are becoming more and more aware of the limitations of the simple cameras on our laptops and devices. A smile can say it all though!

  • Thank you, Murod. Your comment means the world!

  • Thank you for sharing how you have come to understand and be tolerant of the views and contexts of others, April. Look forward to reading what you have to say in Week 2!

  • Yes, we are listening! if you are feeling good, then pass it on to others and enable them to feel the same. Looking forward to hearing from you over the weeks to come!

  • Good to hear that this has given you ideas for feedback. Anything you'd like to share?

  • Hello, Anhar. Could you possibly write your comments in English, please? The language of the course IS English, so we would be really grateful if you could bear this in mind next time you wish to make a comment. Thank you so much!

  • Murod, for us there is no single approach to EMI (or EME as we prefer to call it - something we'll talk about later) so it is great that you are dipping into different courses which will each have something different to offer. I hope that our approach to EME will be of some interest to you as the course builds up over the weeks.

  • I hope so!

  • I'm looking forward to reading your article, Murod. Please tell us how we can download it.

  • I love your contributions, Janet, and it's only Day 1!

  • Yes, I do agree that class rules, discussed and agreed on by the group members, are a great way of averting some difficulties that can arise in lessons.

  • And also, Drielle, there's the intonation in your voice and the smile on your face that adds to your message.

  • Thank you for the link, Susana!

  • No, "I beg your pardon" isn't old-fashioned as such, although I can't say I've heard younger people say this. "Pardon" is far more frequent.

  • "Is there something left to be said?" I like that. Maybe we have been avoiding (for some reason) mentioning an important point, which in fact needs to be discussed. "The elephant in the room", if you are familiar with that expression.

  • What exactly do you mean by 'cool', Fernanda?

  • I so much resonate to what you are saying, Julio. We can participate in a conversation or discussion by listening - really listening - and showing our engagement through body language and so on. For me it's an under-valued skill.

  • I feel we can never learn enough about how to deal with "this beautiful human diversity".

  • I'm glad you're here!

  • I've read a number of your posts, Daniela, without commenting on them, and I really have to tell you how impressed I am with your commitment to the course and your excitement. I hope this lives up to your expectations!

  • Alicia! How wonderful to see you here! I think you might find that the questions our new friends raise might be slightly different now that a couple of years have passed. But then some will undoubtedly be very similar!

  • I get the feeling that you will have a great deal to contribute, Svetlana. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

  • This will help you a little bit, Hadiza.

  • Please throw those ideas in, Jorge!

  • So am I!

  • It's ok, Nabila, try your best and keep going!

  • Well, that's an enthusiastic greeting!

  • I hope it will, Monica!

  • @SvetlanaKossoukhina It's great to have you here with us!

  • Congratulations on being the first person to post a comment! You sound very enthusiastic, Beatrix!

  • I love it that you speak about the EMI "familiy". Thank you for your participation and commitment. Stay in touch!

  • It would be very interesting to hear more about EMI in Saudi Arabia, Sara!

  • Thank you for being so open about your feelings and for the good advice you are sharing with us all.

  • James, good to hear from you. And your comments resonate very much with my own views. We will be going on to discuss the appropriacy of still prevalent and widely used terms such as "native-like". What terminology would you like to see used instead?

  • Margarita, how lovely to hear from you! Your experience is very broad so you will surely have some valuable input to share with the rest of us. Welcome to the course!

  • Hi Ferial, it will be interesting to hear from you about teaching political science through English. We look forward to your input!

  • Lovely to hear from you, Rontu, and I’m glad you are a part of this course. Look forward to hearing your thoughts! Welcome!

  • Hi Katherin, nice to have you with us! Could you possibly write in English? We would really appreciate it! Very many thanks.

  • Congratulations on being the first to comment - and thank you, Jean. We are happy to have you with us!

  • Oh, this is so disappointing to hear. I hope the transcripts have made up for the lack of videos. Thank you for your participation in difficult circumstances.

  • You have been so present too, Veronica! Thank you so much!

  • Keep in touch with us, Khoukha, and, you never know, it might happen!

  • I would LOVE that, but I'm not sure it's possible.....I'll enquire.....Thank you so much, Samson.

  • Thank YOU, Vijaya!

  • Yes, isn't it wonderful to have input from fellow participants from all over the world?

  • What sort of videos do you think would enhance the experience, Rosette! Thank you so much for your participation!

  • Thank you, Artemio.

  • Your comments are very important to us, Euphemia, and thank you for taking the trouble to tell us. Keep in touch!

  • Could you give an example of a step where you think a summary would help? Many thanks for your comment, Sandra!

  • Another week....mmm.....I would love it! Let's think about it. What you say about feeling that you know someone yet you don't is often what resonates with me when working with the delightful people we "meet" on the EMI online journey. Thank you so much for your participation, Christine!