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Lecturing in English

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

Course level

Lecturing in English: C1/C2 (CEFR)

Course content

Being an effective lecturer in English means that you not only have to be fluent, capable of using the appropriate academic style and aware of your audience’s linguistic skills, but also able to engage with your audience and create a comfortable and productive learning environment.

Session 1:

  • How to set the stage for a great lecture: effective teaching in a foreign language.
  • 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 homework assignments on 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.


The course consists of six 2-hour meetings. You should expect to spend around 3 hours between each session on homework.

Dates and times

This course is offered in February and September each year. The next course starts in February 2019.


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


Employees: € 495
Regular fee: € 550

  • We only accept payment by debit or credit card

Prior to registration: placement test

New course participants are obliged to take the free Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) to ensure that they are placed in the right course. Lecturing in English requires an OOPT score of at least 80. Please note: registration cannot be confirmed without a placement test result. Arrange an OOPT appointment through our online calendar.

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