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Study finds European resistance to teaching in English

Last Updated: 11 Dec 2017

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/study-finds-european-resistance-to-teaching-english July 29, 2017 by David Matthews Source: Alamy

Some University of Hamburg academics fear decline in German scholarship, and believe international students should learn German.
New research has revealed deep “ambivalence” among academics told by European universities to teach and publish in English, with one even threatening to sue his department rather than switch language.

As European continental universities increasingly switch to English for master’s programmes, interviews conducted at the University of Hamburg show that there is resistance to the shift, even though German students are demanding to be taught in English to improve their future job prospects.
One faculty member told Roger Geertz Gonzalez, a researcher into German higher education at Walden University in the US, that “Germany is Germany and not Britain or America” and refused to teach in English. Another said that he would sue his department for using English, but instead decided to leave.