Feasibility of Introducing English as a Partial Medium of Instruction in Iranian Senior High Schools





English as a partial medium of instruction, EMI, English as a foreign language context, content and language integrated learning, CLIL, secondary education, internationalization, globalization


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The use of Content and Language Integrated Learning has been increasing in many European countries simultaneous to the use of English as a medium of instruction in the non-Anglophone countries due to globalization and internationalization. Since the 1979 revolution, discussion on English as a medium of instruction in the Iranian formal education has been a taboo. This study aims to figure out the possibilities of introducing English as a partial medium of instruction (EPMI) for mathematics and science at senior high schools. The convergent mixed methods design was used to collect perspectives of students, content area teachers, parents, and administrative staff in Bojnord through e-mail interviews and survey questionnaires. The majority of the interviewees in the qualitative phase as well as most of the students, parents, teachers, and administrative staff in the quantitative phase have supported the possible use of EPMI. The findings of this study suggest future considerations to assist language education authorities in taking decisions to overcome students’ language proficiency constraints while developing efficient and effective programs for CLIL.

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Ghorbani, M. R. (2019). Feasibility of adopting English as a partial medium of instruction for mathematics and science subjects in Iranian senior high school. Latin American Journal of Content & Language Integrated Learning, 12(2), 292-320. https://doi.org/10.5294/laclil.2019.12.2.5

Received: 03/10/2019

Approved: 03/01/2020

Published: 11/05/2020


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Author Biography

Mohammad Reza Ghorbani, University of Bojnord

Dr. Mohammad Reza Ghorbani is Associate Professor of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at the University of Bojnord (UB), Bojnord, Iran. He has worked as an EFL teacher and researcher in Iran, Japan, and Malaysia since 1990. He has published five books on educational issues in Iran and three in Germany as well as 29 articles in specialized international journals. He has also presented 11 papers in national and international conferences. His interests are English Teaching, Learning, Testing, and Evaluation. He is currently vice-president for student affairs at UB.


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Ghorbani, M. R. (2020). Feasibility of Introducing English as a Partial Medium of Instruction in Iranian Senior High Schools. Latin American Journal of Content & Language Integrated Learning, 12(2). https://doi.org/10.5294/laclil.2019.12.2.5




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