Pre-recorded Session Oral Presentations (30 minutes)
Oct 23, 2021 01:55 PM - Apr 30, 2022 02:25 PM(Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh)
20211023T1355 20211023T1425 Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh STUDENTS' COLLECTIVE LEARNING NETWORK IN AN ENGLISH-MEDIUM INSTRUCTION CONTEXT

In response to globalisation and internationalisation, English-medium instruction (EMI) has become a phenomenon in higher education in many multilingual countries including Vietnam. More and more Vietnamese universities have mandated EMI curricula in order to enhance the quality of their teaching and learning, promote an institutional profile as multilingual and international-focused, and attract more domestic and international students. However, the implementation of EMI in Vietnamese universities has encountered certain challenges associated with the English language proficiency of both teachers and students, the lack of EMI materials and professional development for EMI teachers, and the institutional policies of promoting EMI without adequate content and language curriculum development. This presentation focuses on the experience of undergraduate students in EMI economics courses at one university in Vietnam. The findings from classroom observations and focus group discussions reveals some concerns of the students regarding the insufficient support from their teachers, their preparedness for and learning progress in both content knowledge and language competence. They therefore developed to be autonomous learners and utilised their digital competence to create a collective learning network in which they interacted and collaborated with people from different social groups to seek help and accommodate challenges in EMI courses. This not only reflects special characteristics of students from Confucian heritage culture in a digital age but also raises some implications for the learning support scheme and teaching practices which offer students opportunities to access collaborative support and tasks.

Pre-recorded Session VietTESOL International Convention 2022 convention@viettesol.org.vn

In response to globalisation and internationalisation, English-medium instruction (EMI) has become a phenomenon in higher education in many multilingual countries including Vietnam. More and more Vietnamese universities have mandated EMI curricula in order to enhance the quality of their teaching and learning, promote an institutional profile as multilingual and international-focused, and attract more domestic and international students. However, the implementation of EMI in Vietnamese universities has encountered certain challenges associated with the English language proficiency of both teachers and students, the lack of EMI materials and professional development for EMI teachers, and the institutional policies of promoting EMI without adequate content and language curriculum development. This presentation focuses on the experience of undergraduate students in EMI economics courses at one university in Vietnam. The findings from classroom observations and focus group discussions reveals some concerns of the students regarding the insufficient support from their teachers, their preparedness for and learning progress in both content knowledge and language competence. They therefore developed to be autonomous learners and utilised their digital competence to create a collective learning network in which they interacted and collaborated with people from different social groups to seek help and accommodate challenges in EMI courses. This not only reflects special characteristics of students from Confucian heritage culture in a digital age but also raises some implications for the learning support scheme and teaching practices which offer students opportunities to access collaborative support and tasks.

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