A survey of English-medium instruction in Italian higher education

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English-taught Programmes (ETPs) have increased exponentially in European
universities over the last 10 years, leading to growing numbers of bilingual
graduates. This study reports on the most recent survey of ETPs in Italian higher
education. A questionnaire completed in 2010 by 50% of Italian universities
addressed both organisational factors (including the number of ETPs, reasons for
adoption and difficulties in implementation) and pedagogical factors (including
recruitment and teachers’ competencies). The findings paint a heterogeneous
picture, with ETPs expanding but still not universal. Issues are analysed according
to university type (public/private) and location, since the divisions between the
wealthy, industrialised North, the Centre and the less developed South are largely
reflected in the profile and status of universities in each geographical zone. All
institutions show a clear-cut focus on content over language.

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