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Hernandez-Nanclares, Nuria and Antonio Jimenez-Munoz. 2017. English as a medium of instruction: evidence for language and content targets in bilingual education in economics. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 20 (7) : 883–896.
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This article contributes towards a framework for exploring the effect of teaching Economics through a foreign language, in order to discover best practices that promote key content and language skills for Higher Education institutions following language bilingual programmes. The first part of the paper handles the benefits and problems of implementation of Content and Language Integrated Learning. The central part of the paper sketches a two-year research project in the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Oviedo, Spain, giving details about the context and participants, methodology employed to ensure learning quality, assessment programme for these methodologies, student perception, real language progression and the impact on academic results in the period 2012–2014. Module results are contrasted with a control group of Spanish-taught students who sit the same exam in their native language. Results display similar grades in both cohorts but a notable gap in higher bands. While attributed to linguistic shortcomings, the authors make a case for the added value of a second language and point out how most students quickly progress towards nullifying that difference. The study, which has been applied to first-year modules, is adaptable and applicable to similar Economics-linked degrees taught through English.