Teaching in English

Are you a Dutch or international EUR lecturer who teaches in English? Would you like to improve your language skills or boost your confidence in English? The Community for Learning & Innovation (CLI) is offering you the official Teaching in English course for free.

When teaching in English, you are faced with several aspects of instruction that are different from teaching in your native language. In short, this calls for a high level of fluency in English, active knowledge of teaching-specific vocabulary and specific teaching skills.

The approach of the Language & Training Centre’s Teaching in English course is based on an integration of all these skills, so that you improve your fluency and key language skills, which are necessary to teach well in English. This will also improve your English communication with research colleagues in general.

It is the EUR’s ambition for all of the EUR lecturers to have reached a minimum level of C1. This is consistent with the agreements made with the VSNU, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands.

I think it’s a course all non-English native speakers should follow since it covers not only English grammar and pronunciation, but it also teaches how to use the right language in the right context to keep a professional relationship with students and colleagues.
Participant of the C2 course

For whom

The Community for Learning & Innovation offers all EUR teachers the opportunity to improve the level of oral skills up to level C1 or C2, according to the Common European Framework of Reference, for freeC1 is the level needed to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (BKO) and is mandatory for all EUR lecturers.

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  • This course works towards the C1 level of English in teaching. This implies:

    Spoken interaction

    Effective operational proficiency 

    • You are able to express yourself fluently and use the language flexibly and efficiently for social, academic and professional purposes.
    • You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
    • You can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes.
    • You can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate your contribution skillfully to those of other speakers.

    Spoken production

    • You can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.

    Listening

    • You can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicitly.
    • You can understand academic discussions and lectures without too much effort.

    This course deals with all aspects of the language of academic teaching practice in an interactive and activating way.

    Some of the key topics of the course are: determination of current level, improving grammar, improving (subject related) vocabulary, activating teaching, using appropriate language in various situations, language of presentations and discussion.

    Goals/competencies

    • You will learn the language you need for involving students during class and for stimulating interaction
    • You will be offered tips on how to deal with the specific challenges of teaching in English, i.e. how to communicate smoothly, even if you cannot think of the right word in the moment.
    • Reflect upon your language skills in lecturing: what are your strengths and improvement points?

    Sharing knowledge and experiences is an important element of the course. Participants are expected to actively contribute to this. The course adopts a hands-on approach and focuses on the development of concrete skills. This development is built up through class activities, preparatory assignments and the reading of literature. Preparation time will be on average around 2 hours per course day, partly depending on your work experience.

    At the end of the course, you will give a demonstration lesson or lecture in English to the group, and on the basis of this you will be assessed.

    Planning

    Group 1a: Teaching in English (level C1) on Tuesday afternoons - FULLY BOOKED

    Dates: 1/10, 8/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10, 5/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 3/12

    Time: 13.00 - 15.30

    Location: Erasmus Education Lab

    Group 2: Teaching in English (level C1) on Tuesday evenings - FULLY BOOKED

    Dates: 1/10, 8/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10, 5/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 3/12

    Time: 17.00 - 20.00 hours

    Location: Sanders Building L3.053

  • This course works towards the C2 level of English in teaching. It is the EUR’s ambition to have more EUR lecturers master English as a near native speaker. This is a free opportunity to upgrade your skills even more.

    This implies:

    Spoken interaction

    Mastery

    • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
    • Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.
    • You can take part effortlessly in any conversation or discussion and have a good familiarity with idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.
    • You can express yourself fluently and convey finer shades of meaning precisely.
    • If you do have a problem you can backtrack and restructure around the difficulty so smoothly that other people are hardly aware of it.

    Spoken production

    • You can present a clear, smoothly-flowing description or argument in a style appropriate to the context and with an effective logical structure which helps the recipient to notice and remember significant points.

    Listening

    • You have no difficulty in understanding any kind of spoken language, whether live or broadcast, even when delivered at fast native speed, provided you have some time to get familiar with the accent.

    This course deals with the academic teaching in English practice in an interactive and activating way.

    Some of the key topics of the course are: the language of activating teaching, improving your listening skills, using appropriate language in various situations and tweaking your presentation.

    Goals/competencies

    • You will further improve your language skills for involving students and enhancing discussion.
    • You will feel confident in using English to foster better communication in class.
    • You feel confident with your use of English in intercultural communication with students using various accents.
    • You can reflect upon your language skills in lecturing: what are your strengths and improvement points?

    Sharing knowledge and experiences is an important element of the course. Participants are expected to actively contribute to this. The course adopts a hands-on approach and focuses on the development of concrete skills. This development is built up through class activities, preparatory assignments and the reading of literature. Preparation time will be on average around 2 hours per course day, partly depending on your work experience.

    At the end of the course, you will give a demonstration lesson or lecture in English to the group, and on the basis of this you will be assessed.

    Planning

    Group 1b: Teaching in English (level C2) on Tuesday afternoons - FULLY BOOKED

    Dates: 1/10, 8/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10, 5/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 3/12

    Time: 13.00 - 15.30

    Location: Erasmus Education Lab

    Group 3:  Teaching in English (level C2) on Wednesday mornings

    Dates: 2/10, 9/10, 16/10, 23/10, 30/10, 6/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11, 4/12

    Time: 09.30 - 12.00 hours

    Location: Erasmus Education Lab

    Group 4:  Teaching in English (level C2) on Wednesday afternoons

    Dates: 2/10, 9/10, 16/10, 23/10, 30/10, 6/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11, 4/12

    Time: 13.00 – 15.30 hours

    Location: Erasmus Education Lab

It's really helpful to improve your English speaking skills. It is good that we received useful feedback after doing presentations.
Participant of the C1 course

Registration

  • To be admitted to the C1 course, you have to be a university lecturer at EUR. Furthermore, your current level of oral skills needs to be at B2As proof of this entrance level we accept the B2 result of an LTC’s English assessment/course.
  • To be admitted to the C2 course, you have to be a university lecturer at EUR. Furthermore, your current level of oral skills needs to be at C1As proof of this entrance level we accept the C1 result of an LTC’s English assessment/course.

We open up the registration twice a year: in summer (to get started in autumn) and in winter (to get started in spring).
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. 

Didn't do your assessment yet? You can do so for free on several moments per year. You can find more information about the assessment itself on LTC's page. 

Questions?

Please contact the LTC directly via ltc@eur.nl or 010-4081997 if you have any further questions.

 

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