English- vs. Chinese-Medium Instruction in Chinese Higher Education: A Quasi-Experimental Comparison | Academic Article individual record
abstract

Through a quasi-experimental approach, we compared Chinese college students learning motivation, content knowledge, English language proficiency, and instructors pedagogical practices between an English-medium instruction (EMI) and the parallel Chinese-medium instruction (CMI) course in a non-traditional discipline. Results indicated that EMI was more effective, as compared to CMI, in motivating students learning of the focal subject. More specifically, EMI students held a stronger external goal orientation than did their CMI peers. Further, EMI and CMI students performed on par in their final exam in the subject and English after one semester of participation, controlling for their prior performance. The finding suggested that EMI did not carry a detrimental effect on Chinese college students content area learning. Finally, observation revealed a significantly higher percentage of English language instruction focused on higher-order dense cognitive area in the EMI classroom where students were more engaged in their learning. Implications for policy and research were discussed regarding this educational approach for sustained and optimized student learning.

publication outlet

Sustainability

author list (cited authors)
Guo, H., Tong, F., Wang, Z., Min, Y., & Tang, S.
publication date
2019
publisher
MDPI AG Publisher
keywords
  • 4 Quality Education
identifier
384152SE
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
start page
4230
end page
4230
volume
10
issue
11