Communicative competence and didactic challenges : a case study of English-medium instruction in third-level education in Switzerland

New publication in Working Papers in Applied Linguistics

Looking in detail at the role of lecturers, this publication reports the results of a project introducing English-medium instruction in a bachelor-level natural sciences programme at a university of applied sciences in German-speaking Switzerland. The three papers focus on key aspects arising from the pilot phase, outlining the challenges involved when functioning communities of practice are disrupted by a change in the medium of communication, as well as the communicative processes that are at work in creating a new community of practice on the basis of using English as a lingua franca.


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