Interpret the major issues surrounding EMI and the benefits it has on ESL teaching

•Interpret the major issues surrounding EMI and the benefits it has on ESL teaching.•Describe the relationship of each work to the others under consideration.•Identify new ways to interpret, and shed light on any gaps in previous research.•Resolve conflicts among seemingly contradictory previous studies.•Determine which literature makes a significant contribution to EMI.•Point the way to further research on EMI.