Exploring the Language Challenges and Coping Strategies of Science Students in an English-medium University

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This project aims to investigate university students' language challenges and their coping strategies in learning Science through English, with a focus on students with different exposure to EMI instruction in secondary schools and different English abilities.This study adopts a mixed-method approach. Six hundred questionnaire surveys, 60 focus-group interviews and 30 in-depth case studies of university science students (e.g. engineering, purse science, veterinary medicine, public health) will be carried out in order to examine their perceptions of EMI, evaluate their English proficiency, and identify their language problems in learning science through English (e.g. reading and writing), and understand their coping strategies in relation to these problems.A small sample of students' writing collected from their science classrooms (e.g. reports, essays) will be analysed to understand the kind of language they need to engage when learning science. By identifying the language challenges students have when learning science in EMI classrooms, this project aims to identify the core academic literacy skills of students with different English levels and different EMI exposure in order to help them succeed in science and make a smooth transition to tertiary education.


Project number7200575
Effective start/end date1/04/18 → …