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Lecturing in English

Lecturing in English is a group course aimed at improving the language and communication skills you need in order to be an effective teacher in English.

Course level

Lecturing in English: C1/C2 (CEFR)

Content

Being an effective teacher in English means that you not only have to be fluent, capable of using the appropriate academic style and aware of your audience’s own linguistic skills, but also able to engage with your audience and create a comfortable and productive learning environment. Therefore, this course will focus on the following aspects:

Session 1:

  • How to set the stage for a great lecture: effective teaching in a foreign language.
  • International students and language use: appropriate (academic) vocabulary, jargon, and diplomacy.
  • Pronunciation: intelligibility, sounding pleasant, and avoiding the irritation factor.

Session 2:

  • Mini lectures aimed at first year students (15 minutes) and feedback.

Session 3:

  • Your lesson plan and teaching style in English. Different from teaching in your own language?
  • Getting the beginning right: introduction, lesson structure, learning objectives defined.
  • Academic grammar upgrade.

Session 4:

  • Giving constructive and helpful feedback.
  • Asking and answering questions.
  • How do you fill the silence while you think? How do you check whether your students understand you? How do you hold the floor in English?
  • Voice use, pronunciation, intonation, rhythm, and pacing.

Session 5:

  • How to start, guide, encourage and lead discussions in-class, taking cross-cultural differences in interactions into account.
  • Summarizing and paraphrasing.
  • Language to structure and link your content.

Session 6:

  • Your handouts, visual aids in English.
  • Academic grammar upgrade.
  • How to leave your audience with a message.

In addition to these sessions, you are required to complete self study assignments via Blackboard. These assignments will consist of language exercises, analysis of lectures and talks, presentations and discussions, the design of visual aids and handouts, and the preparation of a mini-lecture. This will take around 3 hours between each session, depending on the individual learning needs of the participant.

Planning

Six meetings of 2 hours each.

Dates and times

This course is offered in February and September each year.

Dates Day Time
12 September Tuesday 10.30 - 12.30 hrs.
19 September Tuesday 10.30 - 12.30 hrs.
3 October Tuesday 10.30 - 12.30 hrs.
31 October Tuesday 10.30 - 12.30 hrs.
14 November Tuesday 10.30 - 12.30 hrs.
28 November Tuesday 10.30 - 12.30 hrs.

Certification

If you are taking the course in the context of Wageningen University & Research Language Policy, your skills will be tested in the final class. If you pass this test, you will receive a Wageningen in’to Languages certificate. Should you not pass, you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance (providing you have attended enough classes).

Fees

  • Employees € 495
  • Regular fee € 550

Prior to registration: placement test

To make sure everyone is placed in the right course, new course participants are obliged to take the free Oxford Online Placement Test. This course needs a score of at least 80. Please note: registration cannot be confirmed without a placement test result. Arrange an appointment through our online calendar.

Please note that it is not possible to withdraw your subscription online. If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know by phone (+31 317 48 25 52) or send an e-mail to into@wur.nl.