English as Medium of Instruction (EMI): What training is needed by the faculty members?
Keywords:English as medium instruction, EMI Trainning Needs, Teachers' beliefs, Higher Education, Internationalization
Most frequently challenge stated as a barrier to the implementation of English Medium Instruction (EMI) is the lack of English proficiency among faculty members, who are typically not trained to linguistically structure their lectures b efore adopting EMI in a classroom context. Therefore, this study is aiming to determine the faculty members' perspectives on EMI, as well as the institutional policies regarding the future plan for EMI implementation, and the type of training materials faculty members need the most. A case study was conducted at a private university on the Indonesian island of Sumatera using purposive sampling, with 67 faculty members from 11 departments responding to a questionnaire and 2 stakeholders being interviewed. TThe data was analyze qualitatively yet employed quantitative calculations. The results indicate that (1) the majority of faculty members have positive attitudes toward EMI, (2) the stakeholders and the institution strongly support the implementation of EMI within the institution's policy, and (3) the Language and Communication Use aspect is the most needed training material for EMI. On the basis of this study's findings, it is strongly recommended that the EMI training for faculty be conducted at the study site based on the needs of the faculty members.
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