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Time: 26 – 30/03/2018

Venue: University of South Australia, Magill Campus. No. 2 St Bernard Street, Magill, 5072 South Australia


About the program

This program is called Initiative Exchange Program in EMI (IEPE) and is part of a larger project called Institutional links to address issues in higher education in Viet Nam funded by the Australia-ASEAN Council grant. The project promotes collaborative partnerships between UniSA and Vietnamese higher education institutions through conducting conference/seminars for about 150 Vietnamese university managers and EMI lecturers at UniSA and three institutions in Ha Noi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City during 2018. In this program, the participants will

  • share their successes, issues and initiatives in delivering EMI at their institution;
  • discuss possible directions for future EMI teaching and learning;
  • meet with and observe the work of UniSA academics;
  • plan for a conference or seminar in EMI to be organized at their institution in June 2018.


About Adelaide[1]

Adelaide is the fifth-most populous city in Australia and the capital city of the state of South Australia. Adelaide is the original land of the Indigenous Kaurna people and was established in 1836 as a British colony. The city is home to over one million people of all cultures, ethnicities and walks of life. It is a bustling multicultural city with cultural events on show.

With beautiful hills, white sandy beaches and enticing wine districts, Adelaide has the best of everything. Adelaide is regarded as wine and the food capital of Australia and has more restaurants per head than any other major Australian city. The city is home to three of Australia’s best universities, three prestigious international institutions, three TAFE institutes offering 300 vocational courses across 51 campuses and over 600 private training organisations.

Be prepared, there are some important things to know about Adelaide:

  • Adelaide Currency: AUD
  • Adelaide Telephone area code: +61 08
  • Adelaide Electricity (plug Type 1): Electricity in Australia is 220-240 volts AC.
  • Adelaide Weather average:
    • Summer (Dec – Feb): 15ºC – 29ºC
    • Autumn (Mar – May): 10ºC – 26ºC
    • Winter (Jun – Aug): 7ºC – 16ºC
    • Spring (Sep – Nov): 11ºC – 25ºC

Find information about transports in Adelaide on government websites:

  • Getting around Adelaide: buses and train.
  • Taxis can be hailed from the street and you can also use UBER services that have been increasing their participation around the world. You can download the app on your smartphone.


About UniSA[2]

The University of South Australia (UniSA) is a public research university in the Australian state of South Australia. It is the largest university in South Australia with more than 32,000 students. The university was founded in its current form in 1991 with the merger of the South Australian Institute of Technology (1889) and College of Advanced Education (1856), combining more than 150 years of teaching and research history. The legislation to establish and name the new University of South Australia was introduced by the Hon Mike Rann MP, Minister of Employment and Further Education. Under the University’s Act, its original mission was “to preserve, extend and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, scholarship and consultancy, and to provide educational programs that will enhance the diverse cultural life of the wider community”. The University of South Australia is among the world’s top universities, ranked within the top 300 universities worldwide by the QS World University Ranking and top 15 nationally in research outcomes. In 2015, UniSA was named as one of the world’s best young universities ranked in the world’s top 50 under 50 at #25 by Quacarelli Symonds and #38 by Times Higher Education. The University is a founding member of the Australian Technology Network of universities. It has two Adelaide city centre campuses, two Adelaide metropolitan campuses, and two South Australian regional campuses. For more information about the training programs, research directions and outcomes, please see


About School of Education, UniSA[3]

The University of South Australia’s School of Education has a long and respected history in training the dynamic, socially-conscious educators of the future. Our programs are taught at our metropolitan campuses at Magill and Mawson Lakes, and regionally at Whyalla and Mt Gambier. We offer a four-year Bachelor of Education and a two-year Master of Teaching spanning early childhood, primary and secondary education. Our programs are offered on-campus and online.  From 2015, the School of Education is offering two new Master of Education programs. The 18 month Master of Education and a two-year Master of Education (TESOL). The Master of Education is designed for educators who want to develop their knowledge and capabilities across any of the following areas: Assessment and Evaluation, Educational Leadership, Inclusive Education, Student Wellbeing, Digital Technologies, Literacy Education, and Numeracy Education. The Master of Education (TESOL) aims to deepen specialised knowledge in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

We are also home to the Centre for Research in Education (CREd), which is committed to environmental and social sustainability, social justice, cultural difference, and innovation. Our six CREd research groups each have their own key strengths and emerging themes and address diverse key questions facing education, from cyber-bullying to teaching English to new arrivals. Our researchers have vast experience in undertaking large-scale, collaborative research projects funded variously by the Australian Research Council, Cooperative Research Centres, the Department for Education and Child Development and other government and industry partners.

School of Education staff are renowned for developing innovative and cutting edge teaching, learning and research. As teachers, researchers and providers of teacher professional development, the excellence of our staff results in strong links with the education industry and universities around the world. Our strong partnerships support our student’s professional experience combining both theory and practice.

Website of School:

Tentative program, 26/03/2018-30/03/2018

Day 1 ·         Welcome to country

·         EMI: Global trends and the Vietnamese context

·         Reflections from three Vietnamese institutions: Issues and Possible Solutions

Day 2 ·         Classroom observations and discussions
Day 3 ·         Classroom observations and discussion (continued)

·         EMI, Content-based instruction and CIL

Day 4 ·         Reflections from observations

·         Translanguaging (multilingual education) and EMI

·         Genre Pedagogy and EMI

Day 5 ·         UniSA English language support for students who speak English as an additional language

·         Sharing of written reflection: issues and possible solutions

Day 6 ·         Free day*

* There may be minor changes to the schedule above.


  • Each participant prepares a 5 minutes on self-introduction about his/her academic background and experiences related to EMI (teaching and/or managing). This introduction will be presented on Day 1;
  • Each institution prepares a 15-minute presentation about the delivery of EMI courses or programs in your context which includes, but is not limited to: preparation, implementation, action plan, challenges and successes. This will be presented on Day 1.
  • To assist with your preparation and provide you with some input, all participants are required to read the following materials and are prepared for the following questions:



  1. What are the driving forces of EMI in Viet Nam?
  2. What challenges and possibilities in the delivery of EMI in higher education institutions in Viet Nam and in your institution?
  3. What proposals are in place to address the challenges above from Viet Nam’s government and your institution?



  1. Dearden, J. (2015). English as a medium of instruction – a growing global phenomenon. This reading provides an overview of the situation and trends of EMI in the world.
  2. Galloway, N., Kriukow, J., & Numajiri, T. (2017). Internationalisation, higher education and the growing demand for English: an investigation into the English medium of instruction (EMI) movement in China and Japan. This reading is a research report on EMI in Japan and China – the two contexts that are similar to Viet Nam.
  3. Nguyen, H., Walkinshaw, I., & Pham Hoa Hiep. (2017). EMI programs in a Vietnamese university: Language, pedagogy and policy issues. In B. Fenton-Smith, P. Humphreys, & I. Walkinshaw (Eds.), English medium instruction in higher education in Asia-Pacific: From policy to pedagogy. This a book chapter which looks at EMI situation in Viet Nam at 3 levels: Government – Institution – Classroom.
  4. Dearden, J., Akincioglu, M., & Macaro, E. (2016). EMI in Turkish universities: Collaborative planning and student voices. This is a research report on collaborative partnership between language and content specialist in EMI in Turkey. Building such a partnership is recommended by Dearden (2015) and Galloway et al. (2016) above.
  5. Heugh, K. (2015). Epistemologies in multilingual education: translanguaging and genre – companions in conversation with policy and practice. This reading proposes the use of translanguaging and genre as pedagogical approaches to EMI education.
  6. Mickan, P. (2013). Language curriculum design and socialisation. The reading is Chapter 8: Curriculum design in HE: Planning academic programs. This chapter offers an insightful proposal for designing a language-content integrated curriculum which uses the aims and learning outcomes of the disciplinary knowledge and skills to inform the identification of literacy practices and texts for language development. The proposal is informed by a systemic functional linguistic view.


Return airfares, accommodation, transportation and meals

The Adelaide Project Team will keep you informed of the arrangement for your return airfares (for 6 participants) and accommodation soon. Your transportation and meals are provided for the period you are in Adelaide.

You will arrive in Adelaide on Sunday 25th March and return to Viet Nam on Sunday 1st April 2018.






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