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Expanding Communicative Repertoires Through Plurilingual Pedagogies in International Branch Campus Classrooms in Qatar

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submitted on 2024-02-28, 07:40 and posted on 2024-02-28, 11:41 authored by Sara Hillman, Dudley Reynolds, Aymen Elsheikh

The internationalization and “Englishization” of higher education have become a phenomenon across the world and are intricately linked to neoliberal ideologies, policies, and practices (Barnawi, 2018; Phan, 2017; Phan & Barnawi, 2015). As part of this phenomenon, there has been an exponential growth of English as a medium of instruction (EMI) in national universities (Macaro et al., 2018) and English-medium international branch campuses (IBCs), with their parent institutions largely based in the United States and United Kingdom (De Costa et al., 2021). In many of these institutions, EMI may be interpreted as English only and local languages ignored (Sahan & Rose, 2021). This is often motivated by neoliberal and political agendas, pushing for monolingual practices in the classroom (see Sahan & Rose, 2021; Sahan et al., 2022). In English-medium IBC contexts, the use of local and indigenous languages may be viewed as not fulfilling contractual obligations with home institutions or funding institutions to offer equivalent degree programs or as going against the conceptualization that IBCs should mirror their home campuses as much as possible in terms of curricula, academic rigor, reputation, and tradition (Graham et al., 2021)

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Published in: Plurilingual Pedagogy in the Arabian Peninsula
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  • English



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  • 2022

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  • Texas A&M University at Qatar
  • Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

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