Journal of
Languages and Culture

  • Abbreviation: J. Lang. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6540
  • DOI: 10.5897/JLC
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 131


Study of language planning on English taught programs/English as medium of instruction programs in Taiwan

Chuo Jia-Chen
  • Chuo Jia-Chen
  • Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Faculty of Management, Shih Chien University, Taiwan.
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  •  Received: 04 October 2020
  •  Published: 31 January 2021


English Taught Programs (ETPs) first appeared in European countries. Research showed a growing trend of ETPs, not only in Europe but also in other continents. However, despite the increasing number of such programs, there is a lack of consistent language policy and language planning in these programs. Without a clear language policy, the problems caused by language diversity cannot be solved properly. EMI researchers have indicated the urgency of a language plan in English-taught degree programs to maintain a collaborative relationship with the university’s policy. This study aims to present how language policies will work from a macro view to a micro one, from country as a whole to educational institutions. The author will first examine the language policy in all levels and then focus on the ETP programs in Taiwan. From the investigation, the author finds that it takes time for language policy to be effective. If ETP programs are the future trend as a result of globalization, language policies should be specifically drawn up for these programs.


Key words: English as medium of instruction, language policy, Taiwan, Language planning, English taught programs.