EMI Online Training Program Engaged AU Teachers in Acquiring Latest EMI Teaching Skills!

  • 2022-02-18
The Center for the Development of Language Teaching and Research (CDLTR) at Asia University invited trainers from Queensland Institute in Australia to host an EMI online training program from February 7th  to 11th. 20 faculty members registered for the program and were certified as qualified EMI teachers after intensive drilling!

EMI courses have been regarded as an indispensable part of internationalization of higher education. It’s not only the global trend but also a significant way to enhance overall competitiveness of a country. Thus, MOE (Ministry of Education) in Taiwan has proposed “The Program on Bilingual Education for Students in College (The BEST Program)” in 2021 based upon “Blueprint for Developing Taiwan into a Bilingual National by 2030” announced by Executive Yuan, anticipating that through developing EMI courses offered by academic institutions in Taiwan, more teachers and students would become engaged in obtaining knowledge via a different language. Also, with gradual popularization of EMI courses, more international students will come to Taiwan to pursue degrees and more bilingual interaction between people from different sectors will happen, creating a more international and inclusive society.

As a university with more than 340 partner universities from around the globe, Asia University has been dedicated to promoting internationalization of the institution, offering English-taught degree programs and virtual exchange programs for international students. The efforts made to EMI course development were even recognized by MOE; in 2021, the College of Management was selected as an EMI promoting college by MOE and was regarded as a leading role in EMI development. Through constantly cooperating and interacting with international academic institutions, Asia University expects to have more qualified teachers for EMI teaching to enhance students’ English proficiency and then becomes a more active contributor to bilingual education.

The five-day EMI training program attracted 20 faculty members to take part in, 18 of whom came from the College of Management, one from the College of Creative Design and another from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The program covered 4 modules, including interactive lessons, project-based learning, digital portfolios and virtual peer teaching; aside from attending classes, participants had to complete pre-course tasks and micro-teaching to be certified for teaching EMI courses. The trainers from Queensland Institute, Philippa Coleman and Fiona Wiebusch, said that participants actively devoted themselves into class activities and their creativity and outstanding teaching skills were demonstrated in micro-teaching session, showing that they were not only eager about pursuing knowledge but also had great motivation to improve quality of delivering EMI courses.