University Students' attitude towards english as a medium of instruction in Russian higher educational institutions

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With the increasing number of university programmes in English, the issue of the ways of English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) implementation is getting rather topical. More and more content-based teachers in Russian universities are using English as a medium of instruction for courses that are not related to English language learning. In short, EMI has become a global brand for universities that choose the strategic vision for internationalization of their programmes. The present study was conducted to investigate the attitude of students learning through EMI. Classes were taught two hours per week during two 16-week terms a year. The data obtained have revealed the benefits and limitations of EMI learning in higher education based on students' perception. The results showed that it is a powerful way for students to achieve their future professional goals through the experience in communication within their field of study using English. The findings also suggested that most students were aware that learning English through the discipline was one of the most effective ways to improve their language skills and to deepen their discipline knowledge. The suggestions provided in the present paper may shed light on the perspective of effective integration of EMI courses at universities and pave the way for effective language policy decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-373
Number of pages11
JournalAsian EFL Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


  • English as a Medium of Instruction
  • Higher education
  • Students' perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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