EMI Practices in Europe - conference – University of Copenhagen

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EMI Practices in Europe

4-5 April 2019, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

The “Transnational Alignment of English Competences for University Lecturers (TAEC)“ project team is pleased to announce the “EMI Practices in Europe” conference to be held at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, on 4-5 April 2019.

The conference aims to provide a forum for discussion among academics, teacher trainers, EMI teachers, curriculum developers and policy makers interested in the field of English-medium instruction.

In recent years, universities across Europe have seen a significant expansion in English-medium instruction (EMI). Among the reported benefits of EMI are improved student and teacher proficiency, better preparedness for the global market, bigger job prospects, broader professional collaboration, greater visibility and higher university rankings. However, questions are increasingly raised about the implications of EMI for the quality of teaching and learning, and concerns have emerged regarding its implementation.

Given the diversity of academic contexts and the complexity of EMI practices, the conference aims to develop a clearer understanding of this global phenomenon, generate new insights from research or day-to-day practical experience in teaching content through English, and promote quality assurance in EMI.

The official language of the conference is English.

Registration

Registration is open from 5 December 2018 to 22 March 2019. 

Conference fee EUR 100 to be paid when registering for the conference.
Registration via Conference Manager site

Call for papers

Read more about call for papers including submission guidelines.

Abstract submission deadline: 14 October 2018.
Notification of acceptance: 5 December 2018.

Programme

See programme in draft.

Key Notes

We are delighted to announce our confirmed keynote speakers:
•Ute Smit, University of Vienna
•David Lasagabaster, University of the Basque Country

Organising committee

•Slobodanka Dimova, University of Copenhagen (co-chair)
•Branka Drljača Margić, University of Rijeka (co-chair)
•Claudio Bendazzoli, University of Turin
•Joyce Kling Soren, University of Copenhagen
•Sanne Larsen, University of Copenhagen
•Xavier Martin Rubio, University of Lleida
•Denise McAllister, Maastricht University
•Irena Meštrović Štajduhar, University of Rijeka
•Irena Vodopija Krstanović, University of Rijeka

Conference secretary:
•Patrick Wonsyld, University of Copenhagen

Scientific committee

•Claudio Bendazzoli, University of Turin
•Sandra Campagna, University of Turin
•Sarah Crielesi, Maastricht University
•Emma Dafouz Milne, Complutense University of Madrid
•Irati Diert Boté, University of Lleida
• Slobodanka Dimova, University of Copenhagen
•Branka Drljača Margić, University of Rijeka
•Anne Holmen, University of Copenhagen
•Montse Irún Chavarría, University of Lleida
•Renate Klaassen, Delft University
•Joyce Kling Soren, University of Copenhagen
•Sanne Larsen, University of Copenhagen
•Xavier Martin Rubio, University of Lleida
•Denise McAllister, Maastricht University
•Irena Meštrović Štajduhar, University of Rijeka
•Alessandra Molino, University of Turin Maricel
•Oró Piqueras, University of Lleida
•Virginia Pulcini, University of Turin
•Martin Solly, University of Turin
•Irena Vodopija Krstanović, University of Rijeka

Practical information

Conference venue

The conference will take place on the South Campus of the University of Copenhagen, which is located on Amager. The nearest metro stop to the conference venue is Islands Brygge. You need to take the metro towards Vestamager. There are several busses that stop next to or close by the conference venue. Look for bus lines 12, 33 and C5 if you are traveling from Copenhagen city center.

Traveling from the airport

Taxi from the Copenhagen airport to the city centre is about 300kr, roughly 40EUR. The metro is a quick way to reach the city (~15min). More about tickets and fares below.

Traveling from the central train station in Copenhagen

The central station is situated in the city center. From here you can take the "S train" to Nørreport and change to the metro for both Islands Brygge near the conference venue or Copenhagen airport. You can also take bus line 5C (C busses are yellow articulated busses marked with a blue corner) from the stop at Amager Blvd./ Amager Fælledvej it is a short walk to the conference venue.

Around the city

The easiest way to move around the city is the metro system. We suggest you get a 7-day FlexCard (costs 250kr for 2 zones; 310kr. for 3 zones) or a 72-hour CityPass (costs 200kr. for zone 1,2,3,4) if you are staying Thursday to Sunday. The FlexCard and the CityPass allow unlimited use all types of transportation (bus, train, metro, and water bus).

To find the best public transport connections from one travel point to another, it is best to use the Rejseplanen website (it has an English version). You can also download a Rejseplanen app for your smart phones to plan your trip on the go. A single 2-zone ticket is 24kr. The ticket is valid 1hr to travel within the 2-zone area. This means you can make more than one trip during that time.

Tickets and passes for public transportation can be bought at the Copenhagen Airport and every train or metro station. You can find the DSB office on your right hand side as soon as you come out of the arrival area.

For those of you who want to visit some museums and tourist attractions in addition to our conference, the Copenhagen Card may be your best option. Please check the Copenhagen Card website for information about prices and sales points.

If you want to feel like a Dane, you may want to rent a bicycle; most hotels would have that option. It takes about 15-30 minutes to cycle anywhere in the central area. You can also take the bicycle on the metro, but you have to buy a bicycle ticket. It is free to take your bicycle on a train.

Danish currency

In most places you will have to use Danish kroner or credit card because local businesses do not accept other currencies. Please note that the banks and the foreign currency exchange offices charge high commission rates for cash exchange. It may be a better option to withdraw cash from a money machine (check the charges and exchange rates with your own bank). There are several money machines at the airport and one on campus, right in the area where we will hold our coffee breaks during the conference.
Exchange rates (4 Dec 2018):
1 EUR = 7.46 DKK

Weather

The average temperature for April is 7°C. The weather can be quite sunny and warm in April. However, it is always a good idea to bring an umbrella and/or waterproof clothes when you travel to Denmark. We normally have around 50mm of rain in April and 185 hours of sun (data from 2015-2017).