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Our new position paper The role of the first language in English Medium Instruction, explores important issues and future directions for teaching English in countries where it is not the first language, and supports our commitment to empowering the global English language teaching (ELT) community to teach and learn in the most successful way.

We collaborated with English medium instruction (EMI) experts around the world to explore the increasing importance of EMI, as schools worldwide prepare students for study at English language universities and careers in the business, technology, and science fields.

Our paper focuses on the positive impact of learning English in conjunction with the learner’s native language and includes evidence-based accounts that demonstrate how the most effective EMI programmes enable multilingual learners to maintain and cultivate their own language alongside English.

One such example is Escola Barão, an independent school in Brazil. Since 2017, the school has implemented a bilingual programme for 4-14 year olds with our support, with subjects taught in both English and Portuguese. It has delivered extremely positive results with teachers reporting that bilingual students have a far greater multicultural knowledge and an ability to understand cultural concepts more quickly.

The paper, along with our 2017 offering Inclusive Practices in English Language Teaching, aims to provide access to evidence-based guidance, exclusive training, and resources for ELT classrooms.

Read more about our ELT position papers