A Glocalized EMI Framework

During my time teaching in Taiwan, almost all of the curriculum materials I used came from either England or the United States.

While the materials were certainly very high quality, there was a certain disconnect between the experiences of my students and the materials’ content.

With this in mind, I would like to propose a different approach to English Medium Instruction (EMI)*–a Glocalized EMI Framework.


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*I use the term "EMI" as an all-encompassing term for any content-based language program in countries where English is not the local language.

Framework Explained

Let’s start with what “glocal” means. It’s simply the combining of global and local.

In my framework, you will notice the local takes up the majority of the space. This is because I believe education should be drive by local needs, not the needs of some far away place that makes textbooks.

However, global surrounds the figure because in today’s world, you cannot ignore the needs of a global community.

Both global and local matter.

As for the three dimensions of professional development, curriculum, and instruction, all three inform each other.

The way I imagine it beginning is that during professional development, teachers will discuss what the needs of their students are and, from that discussion, develop or compile curriculum materials and instructional strategies to meet those goals.

After a year of implementation, the results of the curriculum and instruction outcomes would be examined in professional development. If the curriculum worked but perhaps the instructional strategies were not as successful, then professional development would focus on improving instructional practices. If the curriculum had issues, professional development may focus on a re-design.

In summation, my Glocalized EMI Framework considers both local and global needs, driving  professional development, curriculum, and instruction, all which inform each other.

What do you think about this framework? Let me know in the comments!

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