This book discusses the perceptions of staff and students with regards to the policy and practice of English as the medium of instruction (EMI) in Pakistani universities. Findings from qualitative and quantitative data collected in two public universities are compared to identify perceptions of problems concerning English as a medium of instruction for postgraduate study. The research also examines participants' attitudes towards the use of Pakistani English (PakE), a distinct variety of English different from other dialects such as American English and British English in its various linguistic features, in higher education settings. The findings explore the gap between the policy and practice of EMI, and expose various multi-layered and inevitable issues.
Dr Humaira Irfan is presently working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Education, Lahore, Pakistan. She received MA degrees in English Literature and English Language Teaching from Kinnaird College for Women, Pakistan, and was awarded an HEC Scholarship to complete an MA in English Language Teaching and a PhD at the University of Glasgow, UK.