Q1: What is EMI?
A: English Mediated Instruction (EMI) is the use of the English language to teach academic subjects in countries or jurisdictions where the first language of the majority of the population is not English.
Q2: What is the benefit of taking EMI courses?
A: EMI courses offer students an immersive learning experience similar to studying abroad. By using English in their studies, students will get to apply their professional skills in English and be better prepared for a globalized economy. By taking a sufficient number of EMI courses, students will also qualify for NTNU’s new EMI credit program. Students with EMI course experiences will be eligible to serve as EMI course TAs, and earn EMI coursework annotation in their transcripts, which will be of great value to employers looking for proof of English proficiency. EMI course taking will also be taken into consideration in applications for study abroad.
Q3: Will NTNU provide any certificate for taking EMI courses?
A: The number of EMI credits or the percentage of EMI courses completed by the student will be noted on the transcript, indicating the benchmark of the English language level certification (E1-E5 level). The annotation will be a useful reference for future employers or graduate school admissions officers. For more information, please contact Registry Division at ext. #1102.
Q4: What is “Credit Certificate Standards for English Mediated Instruction (EMI) Courses?
The “EMI Coursework Certification Standards” is a standard based on the number of credits of EMI courses or the percentage of EMI courses completed by students before graduation. There is a total of five levels in the standard, E1 (EMI Level 1) to E5 (EMI Level 5).
The definitions of each level are as follows:
- E1 At least 16 undergraduate credits are earned from EMI courses.
- E2 At least 32 undergraduate credits are earned from EMI courses.
- E3 At least 64 undergraduate credits are earned from EMI courses.
- E4 At least 98 undergraduate credits are earned from EMI courses.
- E5 At least 128 undergraduate credits are earned from EMI courses.
Q5: Which departments are currently offering EMI courses?
A: Vast majority of NTNU departments and institutes now offer EMI courses. Please refer to the course selection system for a detailed list of courses offered.
Q6: What are the qualifications and requirements to being a EMI course teaching assistant?
A: To become an EMI course teaching assistant, the candidate must have taken the EMI course they want to TA for first before applying to the Center for Teaching and Learning Development (CTLD). Please refer to the “Teaching Assistant Implementation Guidelines” and “Teaching Assistant Training and Evaluation Principles”. For more information, please contact CTLD at ext. #1887.
Q7: What resources does NTNU offer that can help me improve my English?
A:Other than the NTNU’s foundational English learning courses, the Common Core Education Committee, Foreign Language Education Division will organize EMI related workshops every semester. Learn more. ext: #1148
NTNU has also established Center for Academic Literacy (CAL) to provide the necessary scaffolding to students. Learn more, ext. #5902
Q8: What should I do if have problems writing reports in English?
A: CAL offers professional courses in academic writing and oral communication in English, provide students with one-on-one peer tutoring in academic writing and oral communication in English. CAL will organize workshops and lectures on academic writing and oral communication in English, and
they have relevant books, software programs, and corpora available to students while they study at the CAL. Learn more, ext. #5902
Q1: Why should I teach EMI courses?
A: EMI courses can help better prepare students for a globalized economy. By teaching EMI courses, faculty members can ensure their students are well equipped in the international language of their profession. The added bonus for faculty members is that they will get to practice EMI as a pedagogy, and further strengthen their English presentation and communication skills, which are of great importance in academic international exchanges and publications.
Q2: What professional development support can I get if I want to teach an EMI course?
A: NTNU’s Center for Teaching and Learning Development (CTLD) offers EMI training courses and other support schemes, such as teacher’s community of practice subsidy, to all faculty members. Please contact CTLD for more details, ext. #1886
Q3: What other measures will the university implement to alleviate problems faculty may face by teaching EMI courses?
A: To alleviate our faculty’s already heavy workload, NTNU offers faculty members who teach EMI courses listed in their departments’/institutes’ course structure a choice between additional pay or reduction of teaching hours. The minimum number of students required for EMI courses has also been reduced. For more details, please contact Curriculum Division of the Office of Academic Affairs at ext. #1180