21 Oct 22 Oct
10:00 - 13:30

ICLHE symposium: The Englishization of Higher Education

Maastricht University and the ICLHE Association are pleased to announce a two-day online Symposium in 21-22 October 2021 focusing on the Englishization of Higher Education. 

The purpose of this online Symposium is to investigate pros and cons of the global Englishization of higher education. The Symposium brings together scholars from across the world. What are the differences and similarities regarding their findings on Englishization? Does this process bring new opportunities or is it a threat?

Programme day 1, Thursday 21 October 2021

Introduction, 10.00-10.15

UM representative: Rianne Letschert, Rector Magnificus, Maastricht University, Netherlands.
René Gabriëls (Symposium Chair)
Robert Wilkinson (ICLHE Chair)

Interview, 10.15-11.00

Kristina Hultgren (The Open University, UK)
Multilingualism vs English: are they reconcilable?

Moderator: John Harbord (Maastricht University, Netherlands)

Break, 11.00 -11.15

Discussion & Book presentation, 11.15-12.00

Robert Wilkinson (Maastricht University, Netherlands)
Englishization of higher education in Europe: Glocalized perspectives

Kwok-kan Tam (Hang Seng U, Hong Kong)
Englishization - hybridization in identity, cultural awareness and literary sensibility

Moderator: Sally Wyatt (Maastricht University, Netherlands)

Break, 12.00-12.15

ICLHE Annual General Meeting, 12.15-13.15

The ICLHE Association will run its Annual General Meeting.

Break, 13.15-13.30

Academic presentations Englishization of higher education in Europe | Part I, 13.30-14.15

Presentation 1
Svetlana Suchkova (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)
Is English a lingua franca or an economic instrument in Russia?

Presentation 2
Josep Soler (Stockholm University, Sweden)/Kerttu Rozenvalde (University of Tartu, Estonia)
Englishisation and internationalisation in Estonia and Latvia: Language ideological debates and the state

Presentation 3
Frank van Splunder (University of Antwerp, Belgium/Flanders)
Beyond English-Only in higher education

Moderator: Inma Fortanet-Gomez (Universidad Jaume I, Spain)


Track 1, Discussion, 14.15-15.00

Rias van den Doel, Rick de Graaff (University of Utrecht, Netherlands): All quiet on the language front? The role of language focus and support in Dutch EMI contexts

Moderator: Lies Wesseling (Maastricht University, Netherlands)

Track 2, Academic presentations, 14.15-15.00

Englishization of higher education in Europe | Part II

Presentation 1
Aisha Siddiqa/Patrick Studer (ZHAW, Switzerland):
English in Swiss multilingual landscape

Presentation 2
David Lasagabaster (University of the Basque Country, Spain): EMI and multilingualism at university level: The Spanish perspective

Presentation 3
Beatrice Zuaro (Stockholm University, Sweden – Italy): Reframing “internationalization” and “Englishization” in Italian higher education

Moderators: Sara Atwater and Marie Rickert (Maastricht University, Netherlands)

Break, 15.00-15.15 

On the spot, 15.15-16.00

Alma Maldonado-Maldonado (CINVESTAV, Mexico City)
Social disadvantages and English: the perspective from Mexico (and Latin America)

Moderator: Leonie Cornips (Maastricht University, Netherlands)

Close of Day 1, 16.00

Programme day 2, Friday 22 October 2021

Opening, 09.20-09.30

René Gabriëls & Robert Wilkinson

Academic presentations, 09.30-10.15 

Englishization in East Asia

Presentation 1
Eun Gyong (E.G.) Kim (KAIST, South Korea):
The Englishization at a Korean science and engineering school

Presentation 2
Tho Vo (University of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam):
EMI implementation and the promotion of English use in a Vietnamese higher education context

Presentation 3
Keiko Tsuchiya (Yokohama City University, Japan): English education policy in Japan

Moderator: Annette Bradford (Singapore)

Break, 10.15-10.30

On the spot/interview, 10.30-11.15

Philippe Van Parijs (Université de Louvain-La-Neuve/Katholieke Universiteit. Leuven, Belgium):
Englishization as trap and lifeline

Moderator: René Gabriëls (Maastricht University, Netherlands)

Break, 11.15-11.30

Parallel Sessions

Track 1, Discussion, 11.30-12.15

Emma Dafouz (Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain) & Ute Smit (University of Vienna, Austria):

Englishisation in Higher Education: Insights from the ROAD-MAPPING framework

Moderator: Harro van Lente (Maastricht University, Netherlands)

Track 2, Academic presentations, 11.30-12.15

Challenged contexts of Englishization

Presentation 1
Maria Sabaté-Dalmau (Universitat Lleida, Spain):
The management of Englishisation policies through local multilingual practices and dissenting identities in the EMI classroom.

Presentation 2
Ofra Inbar (Tel Aviv University, Israel): Englishization in higher education institutions in Israel:
Transcending the linguistic barriers

Presentation 3
Christa van der Walt (Stellenbosch University, South Africa):
Southern African Englishes and English language teaching

Moderator: T.J. Ó Ceallaigh (Mary Immaculate College, Ireland)

Break, 12.15-12.30

On the spot/interview, 12.30 -13.15

Aminata Cairo (The Hague)
Holding space for Englishization

Moderator: Jenny Valcke (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)

Close of Symposium, 13.15-13.30

UM representative: Christine Neuhold, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Maastricht University, Netherlands)

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