10 Universities at Japan 2018
The Oxford EMI team would like to thank ICU for hosting the Course in English Medium Instruction (EMI) for University Lecturers. We were very pleased to welcome lecturers from 10 different universities in Japan who came to ICU to learn together and share their EMI experiences. These universities are going international and are therefore teaching academic subjects through English.
During the course we explored how to teach through EMI at university level, how to make lectures more comprehensible and interactive to help our students to learn. We also had the opportunity to participate in lectures by well-known Japanese scholars: Professor Emi Sauzier-Uchida from Waseda University gave a very informative lecture on how Waseda University has implemented EMI. She described a case study of how Waseda University teaches English to prepare Japanese students for English Medium Instruction courses at the School of Political Science and Economics. We were also fortunate to welcome Professor Annette Bradford from Meiji University who gave a very insightful lecture on the current context of EMI in Japan. She spoke about MEXT policies on EMI as well as how these transfer practically to the university classroom. We would like to thank these two researcher-lecturers for their contributions to our course.
On the final day of the course all of our participants co-taught a mini-lecture, demonstrating their understanding and implementation of the teaching techniques which they learnt during the week. We were highly impressed by their EMI teaching. We were also impressed by the support our participants gave to each other and delighted at the friendships made between teachers from universities at opposite ends of Japan. Long may the friendships and co-operation continue! As universities in Japan continue to internationalise, we wish all of the participants the best of luck in their future teaching.