Feasibility of Adopting English-Medium Instruction at Iranian Universities


  • Mohammad Reza Ghorbani University of Bojnord
  • Sahar Zahed Alavi Kosar University of Bojnord


English as the medium of instruction, university education, internationalization


This study was an attempt to explore the potential possibilities of implementing English as the medium of instruction (EMI) at Iranian universities. The sequential exploratory mixed methods design was used to collect the perspectives of both students and content-area lecturers at the state University of Bojnord through e-mail interviews and survey questionnaires developed by the researcher. The reliability of the survey questionnaire was 0.76 using Cronbach’s alpha. Six undergraduate students and six lecturers were purposively selected for the interviews. As for the survey questionnaire, stratified random sampling was used to proportionately select 344 students (320 undergraduate students and 24 postgraduate students) and 36 lecturers from the accessible population. The qualitative data from the interviews were content-analyzed based on the suggestions and guidelines by Creswell (2005), Krueger (2002), and Morgan and Krueger (1998). The quantitative data from the survey questionnaires were analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). The results revealed that most of the students and lecturers approved and supported the potential implementation of EMI at Iranian universities. The findings of this study will assist higher education authorities in policy making.

Author Biographies

Mohammad Reza Ghorbani, University of Bojnord

Dr. Mohammad Reza Ghorbani is Assistant Professor of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at the University of Bojnord, Bojnord, Iran. He has worked as an EFL teacher and researcher in Iran, Japan, and Malaysia since 1990. He has published four books on educational issues in Iran and one in Germany as well as sixteen articles in specialized international journals. He has also presented seven papers in international conferences. His interests are English Teaching, Learning, Testing, and Evaluation. He is currently the president of State University of Kosar.

Sahar Zahed Alavi, Kosar University of Bojnord

Sahar Zahed Alavi got her M.A. in TEFL from Sabzevar Teacher Training University in 2009. She has been teaching various English courses in different universities and English institutes. She is interested in areas of Teaching, Sociolinguistics and Discourse Analysis.




How to Cite

Ghorbani, M. R., & Zahed Alavi, S. (2014). Feasibility of Adopting English-Medium Instruction at Iranian Universities. Current Issues in Education, 17(1). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/1277




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