Lecturing in English in the International Classroom (e-learning course)
Internationalisation provides many interesting new opportunities for students and lecturers but puts new demands on lecturers in terms of language and communication skills. As a committed lecturer, you want to provide the most effective learning experience for all of your students from different backgrounds and cultures without losing your unique voice and energy. Even among experienced lecturers, developing the necessary skills requires insight and careful self-reflection. Lecturing in English in the International Classroom e-learning course aims to do just that by giving you the chance to reflect on your own practice at a time and place of your choosing.
This is an e-learning course. This means:
- all materials are available online (5 modules released over 10 weeks)
- you plan your own learning and study at a time and place of your choosing
- you will submit periodic reflections on your progress, based on which our trainers will provide tips to help you develop and deal with problem areas.
The assignments throughout the course are designed to encourage you to think about how you lecture and what language you need to improve, as well as to provide insight into the demands of international students. One of our trainers will carry out an initial evaluation of your lecturing skills to set you on the right track and then check in with you your progress at the end of each module. At the end of the course, you will submit a record of your learning and receive guidance on the next steps in your professional development
In this pre-course module you will reflect on and analyse your own lecturing style to identify areas in need of improvement. You will also submit a recording of one of your lectures, based on which our trainer will help you develop a learning plan so that you get as much as possible out of the course.
Module 1 - Getting Started
Getting Started focuses on the strategies and language you need to begin lectures effectively and efficiently. In this module, you will also analyse different lecturing styles and review techniques for generating enthusiasm and engagement in your lectures. This module will also highlight grammar and pronunciation issues that need attention and help you further define your personal learning goals.
Module 2 - Structuring a Lecture & Developing Fluency
Structuring a lecture includes the language you need to communicate the planned structure of the lecture with your students and link concepts into a coherent whole. You will learn how to check whether students fully comprehend the content of your lectures, and how to finish on a strong note. This module also provides more opportunities to work on your specific fluency stumbling blocks and tips on how to make use of voice to gain students’ attention and communicate your message.
Module 3 - Managing Tricky Classroom Situations
This module focuses on some of the most linguistically challenging elements of lecturing. First you will review the language you need to describe complex data in visuals and figures. The second part focuses on language and strategies you need to answer questions clearly and coherently. This language development will help you to build the engagement and interaction which your students have with your material.
Module 4 - The International Classroom: This module focuses on how attention to language and culture can help foster good relationships within a classroom both between the lecturer and students and among the students themselves. In addition to language, The International Classroom will also give you an introduction to the different communication styles and expectations of students from different cultures. This understanding is vital to create a supportive, welcoming and productive learning environment.
Dates and times
|Starting date||Deadline final assignments|
|March 7, 2023||May 29, 2023|
|April 4, 2023||June 26, 2023|
|May 9, 2023||July 26, 2023|
|September 5, 2023||November 20, 2023|
|October 3, 2023||December 18, 2023|
|October 31, 2023||January 29, 2024|
|November 28, 2023||March 27, 2024|
The total course duration is 10 weeks. Once the course begins you have two weeks to complete each module. Self-study is 8-10 hours per module and 4 hours for the Introductory Module.
After finishing al modules and submitting the required assignments, you will receive a certificate confirming that you completed the course.
What do others say?
|I like this course a lot, and I really benifited a lot from it|
|I have irregular working hours, so it was very nice that I could decide for myself when I would start working on the modules. The tips I received really helped me. I would definitely recommend this e-learning.|
Access to online materials & personalized feedback and guidance on developing your own learning track.
|Regular fee||€ 850|
|RU and Radboudumc staff:||
Free of charge
|Wageningen University & Research staff:||