Teaching in English at University Level
Who is the course suitable for?
• Tertiary level teachers of any subject who deliver all or part of their courses through the medium of English
• Tertiary level teachers of any subject planning to deliver all or part of their courses through the medium of English
• Teachers of English working with teachers of other subjects
Participants should have a minimum language level corresponding to C1 on the Common European Framework.
What are the aims and objectives of the course?
• To enable participants to feel more confident about their own ability to teach through the medium of English
• To raise participants’ awareness of the kinds of support students are likely to need when engaging with input and content in English rather than their mother tongue
• To provide an opportunity for participants to improve their spoken and written English for the purpose of delivering their subject through the medium of English
• To encourage participants to engage with and evaluate different delivery modes appropriate to the teaching of their subject through the medium of English
What will the course include?
All course participants receive a pre-course questionnaire, which should be returned prior to the course. This is to ensure that the areas of most relevance to participants are covered. However, topics are likely to be drawn from the following:
• a critical look at the benefits and drawbacks of teaching through the medium of English
• scaffolding learning and preparing support materials for the teaching of subjects through the medium of English
• presentation skills
• alternatives to lectures as a means of delivering content
• shared reading and discussion of professional articles and literature extracts
• CLIL as an approach and its applications at tertiary level
• questioning, dialogue and the development of critical thinking skills through engagement with content at tertiary level
• academic listening skills
• spoken and written language development with special emphasis on professional and academic needs
• the relevance and applications of the Common European Framework of Reference in higher education contexts
• testing and assessment of subject content in English
Time will be built into the course for reflection and for participants to consider how to adapt ideas from the course to classrooms and/or training rooms in their own professional contexts.
All NILE’s courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or development of language awareness.
How long is the course and what approach is used?
The 50-hour course provision includes intensive tuition by trainers who are experts in the field of teaching through the medium of English, as well as opportunities for reading and research and guest lectures from well-known figures in the field of ELT.
Classes will be practical and engaging but with reference to relevant theory.
Classes are held from Monday to Friday and take place as detailed in the course-specific timetable but always within the hours 0915 – 1715.
NILE course participants have free access to an extensive ELT library and a modern suite of computers with a broadband Internet link. The NILE course venues have a wireless (Wi-Fi) environment.
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