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Students’ beliefs about the role of interaction for science learning and language learning in EMI science classes: Evidence from high schools in China

An, J; Thomas, N; (2021) Students’ beliefs about the role of interaction for science learning and language learning in EMI science classes: Evidence from high schools in China. Linguistics and Education , 65 , Article 100972. 10.1016/j.linged.2021.100972. Green open access

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Abstract

Interaction has been established as an important mechanism for language learning and science learning. As such, English medium instruction (EMI) science classes are home to a unified interest in the role of interaction for learning English and content knowledge. While a lack of interaction has been commonly found in previous EMI research, this study investigates one possible reason: student beliefs. Data were collected in nine EMI high school programs across China, consisting of 331 questionnaire responses and interviews with 60 students. Results showed that although most students recognized the general benefit of interaction for both science learning and English learning, they were less committed to extensive interaction. Discrepancies between macro- and micro-level beliefs were illuminated, together with language-related challenges, which directed students’ immediate actions in class. Suggestions for EMI teachers are provided regarding how to adjust their teaching approach to meet students at their current level.

Type: Article
Title: Students’ beliefs about the role of interaction for science learning and language learning in EMI science classes: Evidence from high schools in China
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.linged.2021.100972
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.linged.2021.100972
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: English medium instruction, Classroom interaction, Student beliefs
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10138186
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