Call for papers for a special issue of

Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching on


English Medium Instruction: Areas of research needing urgent attention


Editors of the special issue:

Ernesto Macaro, The University of Oxford (

Heath Rose, The University of Oxford (


This is an open call for potential submissions to an agreed special issue of Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching on English Medium Instruction (EMI) with publication date being either late 2022 or early 2023.


English Medium Instruction (both in Higher and Secondary Education) is now a well-established field of research and, indeed, many applied linguistics journals are publishing regularly on a variety of EMI topics. There remain however a number of areas which we, as editors, believe there is an urgent need for further research. We therefore particularly welcome submissions on the following topics:

  1. The impact of EMI on content learning – with a particular focus on measurements of student outcomes.
  2. The impact of EMI on student English language proficiency – with a particular focus on what kind of proficiency (or linguistic knowledge) is improving.
  3. The challenges posed by transition from secondary education (K12) to Higher Education in relation to EMI.
  4. The learning strategies that students deploy in order to meet the challenges of EMI and/or make their learning more effective.
  5. EMI and gender: does EMI contribute to a re-equilibration of those subjects which have traditionally been regarded as ‘gendered’ – e.g. STEM subjects, or does it further contribute to gender disparity?

We would particularly welcome submissions from research carried out in those countries which to date have not featured prominently in EMI research (e.g. the Global South). We also particularly welcome submission from authors where there has been a collaboration between language specialists and content specialists.

In general the papers should not exceed 8,000 words, unless by prior agreement with the editors. Formatting is APA7 with numbered sections and American spelling.

Proposed abstracts should be submitted to the special issue editors for initial consideration. Please send a 500-word (maximum) abstract that describes previously unpublished empirical (not conceptual) work. The document should also include each author's name, email address, affiliation, and 50-word biographical statement. If abstracts are accepted, we will invite authors to submit full-length articles for peer review. It is essential that abstracts are based on projects that have already completed data collection to ensure a timely delivery of the special issue. All articles will be double-blind reviewed.


Expected timeline:

  • Abstracts should be submitted by October 15, 2021
  • Authors invited to submit papers will be notified by November 15, 2021
  • Full manuscripts should be submitted by February 15 2022
  • Authors will be notified of a decision by May 31 2022