Instructional Language Use in Environmental Science Classroom

  • Fay ChenEmail author
Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 8)


The language used in an EMI classroom falls into two major kinds: language of the target discipline and instructional language. This chapter examines how the latter is used in EMI classroom lectures within the discipline of environmental science. While the subject of instructional language has been extensively explored in English language teaching, research-based instructional strategies for EMI have yet to receive proper attention. Informed by transcriptions from classroom observations, this chapter recommends a framework for teaching which can be deployed by EMI instructors. Organizationally, instructional language use will be discussed in terms of three fundamental lesson segments: routines, such as explaining learning goals and classroom rules; teaching of content knowledge; and scenarios enacted on the spot to encourage student engagement, entertain, and foster teacher/student relationships.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Cheng Kung UniversityTainanTaiwan

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