Enhancing Students’ International Competitiveness in Taiwan through Engagement in English-Medium Instruction: An Investigative Study (75896)

Session Information: Higher Education
Session Chair: Jayson Barlan

Friday, 24 November 2023 09:50
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 604
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

In Asia, English-Medium Instruction (EMI) courses have become a fairly important phenomenon in the creating internationalized learning environments in higher education institutions (HEIs). The purpose of this study was to investigate which factors influence students' participation in EMI courses and whether the participation in EMI courses increases students' international competitiveness. This paper is an evidence-based study of 4,090 graduates from 2016 to 2021 in Taiwan University. The methodology of this study utilizes regression analysis as a statistical method. The results of this study showed that, firstly, English proficiency and international exchange (foreign language country) had a significant positive effect on the number of credits taken in the EMI courses, which means that better English proficiency or exchange experience in a foreign language country is an important key variable for students to take up the EMI courses. Second, foreign language proficiency, international perspective, and intercultural experience were found to be dependent variables of international competitiveness. And it was found that family income, EMI grades, and international exchange all had a positive and significant effect. The proportion of EMI credits and international volunteers have a significant positive effect on foreign language proficiency and international perspective. It also shows that students' international competitiveness is indeed enhanced by taking more EMI courses, having higher EMI scores and participating in international exchange activities in foreign-language countries. The results of this study will provide insights into how EMI can create a sustainable learning environment in non-English speaking countries.

Authors:
Joying Chu, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Tsai Chueh-He, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan


About the Presenter(s)
Dr Joying Chu is a University Postdoctoral Fellow or Instructor at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan

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