Review of English-Medium Instruction in Japanese Higher Education


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English-Medium Instruction in Japanese Higher Education, edited by Annette Bradford and Howard Brown, considers the policy context, curriculum and classroom implementation, challenges and potential impacts of the current government-sponsored drive to offer more English-taught programs in Japanese higher education. According to the Japanese Ministry of Education, or MEXT, over a third of Japanese universities now offer courses taught in English (MEXT, 2015). English-Medium Instruction programs are defined in this volume as “courses and programs delivered through English with no consideration to establishing language learning goals” (xviii), thus distinguishing the focus from approaches that aim to incorporate content and language, foremost among them CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) and CBI (Content-based Instruction). Continue reading