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Who are we?

OXFORD EMI Training and Consulting

Making Internationalisation in H.E. a Success.

Welcome to Oxford EMI Ltd. We are a Training and Consulting organisation working with Higher Education Institutions (HEI) around the world. We work with universities, Grandes Ecoles and colleges which are international or going international. When institutions successfully attract international students, set up Trans National Education programmes (TNEs) or joint degree programmes, they often decide to teach a part of their academic programme through English as well as through the home language.

Our Director defined English Medium Instruction (EMI) as:

“The use of the English language to teach academic subjects in countries or jurisdictions in which the majority of the population’s first language is not English”. (Dearden, 2015)

EMI is one element in creating a multi-cultural, multi-lingual education. In our EMI courses, we encourage the use of many languages. If an international student studies in France or Spain for example, they may want to work in French and Spanish as well as English. A student in Japan or China will want to learn the language and culture. The challenges are the same in any language: How can we teach and how can students learn most effectively through a 'foreign' language? How can we teach complex concepts to both international and home students while speaking in English?

We have worked successfully with HEIs in France, Spain, Austria, Germany, Poland, Brazil, China, Japan, Russia, Turkey, Morocco...  What is surprising is that we are all facing very similar challenges when our institutions decide to 'go EMI'. Some institutions provide training and ongoing support but many do not. Academics who are used to speaking at conferences and writing academic papers in English, still find teaching a cohort of international students with varying abilities in English and differing cultural and academic expectations a challenge!

We have a wonderful, friendly team of experts who all share the same aim: to provide academics and institutions with practical solutions for teaching an international class.  

Our courses are based on research

Our courses are all based on research into education, teaching and learning and English Medium Instruction (EMI). This research comes from all over the world and also from our own team here in Oxford.

Julie Dearden is our Director and her own research background is here in Oxford; She was Senior Research Fellow in EMI at the Department of Education, University of  Oxford, until 2016. Her publications include a report for the British Council, English as a Medium of Instruction: a Growing Global Phenomenon (2015) an overview of EMI in 55 countries; A Systematic Review of EMI in Higher Education (2018); Higher Education Teachers’ Attitudes towards English Medium Instruction (2016) and EMI: Comparing teacher beliefs in secondary and tertiary education (2018); EMI in Turkish universities: Collaborative planning and student voices (2016). In her recent chapter The changing roles of EMI academics and English language specialists (2018) she proposes some ideas of how English teachers in HEIs may support EMI lecturers.

Oxford EMI Certificate

Participants successfully completing an OXFORD EMI training course are awarded the OXFORD EMI Certificate for University Lecturers.

EMI Quality Mark

We are partners with Ecctis (UK NARIC) in the EMI Quality Framework which is used to distinguish high-quality EMI provision in HEIs. A major aim of the EMI Quality Framework is to provide guidance and benchmarking to HEIs which are international, attract international students, provide TNEs.


 Oxford EMI Ltd also works on consulting and capacity building projects. 


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Oxford EMI Ltd is registered 10674286 in the UK.