Supporting English-medium pedagogy through an online corpus of science and engineering lectures

Nílson Kunioshi*, Judy Noguchi, Kazuko Tojo, Hiroko Hayashi

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As English-medium instruction (EMI) spreads around the world, university teachers and students who are non-native speakers of English (NNS) need to put much effort into the delivery or reception of content. Construction of scientific meaning in the process of learning is already complex when instruction is delivered in the first language of the teachers and students, and may become even more challenging in a second language, because science education depends greatly on language. In order to identify important pedagogical functions that teachers use to deliver content and to present different ways to realise each function, a corpus of lectures related to science and engineering courses was created and analysed. NNS teachers and students in science and engineering involved in EMI higher education can obtain insights for delivering and listening to lectures from the Online Corpus of Academic Lectures (OnCAL).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-303
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 3


  • English-medium instruction
  • classroom discourse
  • science pedagogy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)


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