Same same but different: Student views on the level of lecturer English and comprehensibility

J. M. Suviniitty*

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    English Medium Instruction (EMI) is a commonly accepted and adopted approach to internationalization of universities. Internationalization involves both staff and students, as they both tend to benefit from the use of English in courses. This study compares two video-recorded lectures in an engineering master's program. These lectures were transcribed and student feedback was collected on paper-based questionnaires immediately after attending the recorded lectures. Students were asked to evaluate both their own English competency (self-evaluation) and their lecturers' English competency. This paper focuses on whether 1) the lecturer's English competency key to students' comprehension and 2) there is a link between student's English competency and their comprehension of these lectures. The results indicate that the lecturers' English competency, as evaluated by the students, for these two lectures was almost identical. Despite this, the comprehension level of these lectures was notably different. Nevertheless, students' self-evaluation of their English competency did not appear to be a distinguishing feature regarding lecture comprehension. Closer examination found more use of interactional features in the better comprehended lecture. While research is attempting to find the "good enough" level of English, the lecturers should focus on implementing enough interactional features when lecturing for better comprehension of their lectures.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 - Education Excellence for Sustainability, SEFI 2017
    PublisherSociété européenne pour la formation des ingénieurs
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)9789899887572
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
    EventAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education - Terceira Island, Azores, Angra do Heroismo, Portugal
    Duration: 18 Sept 201721 Sept 2017
    Conference number: 45


    ConferenceAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education
    Abbreviated titleSEFI
    CityAngra do Heroismo


    • English competency
    • English Medium Instruction
    • Lectures


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