English for Lecturers

Course
Who is it for?
Teacher
Where?
When?
Conditions for registration
Number of participants
Level determination
Certification

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Engels voor docenten (in het Nederlands)

Course

‘English for Lecturers’ aims to provide lecturers who teach their courses in English as a second/foreign language with the support to hone advanced language skills and become more effective communicators in undertaking English-medium professional activities.

Who is it for?

The course is offered free of charge to members of staff employed by VUB. Full-time PhD students are ineligible for this course, as the Doctor School provides them with tailor-made training courses. Lecturers working elsewhere can also register for the course provided there are places available. Before your registration, please contact ACTO for the information about the enrolment fee.

Please note that three separate modules are available and run independently of each other in the course. 

Grammar & Practice: this module reviews and consolidates the key grammatical areas essential for functioning effectively in academic contexts. It covers eight broad topics that deal with the most problematic usage issues in English grammar. In the lessons we will first focus on the related grammar rules, then complete practical exercises at advanced level. Opportunities are also offered for individual oral presentations and group discussions. This module has been considered highly useful by past participants, including those who had planned on taking the ITACEpro exam. The module runs for 8 weeks, with 3 hours per week. Please click here to register for the Grammar Module by 18th September 2017 at the latest. 

Communication for University Teaching:  in this module we will explore the ways in which we can better apply the ‘discourse intonation’ approach, i.e. thought groups, prominence and pitch change, to enhancing the communicative value of speech in cross-cultural interaction. The main aim is to examine more closely and more critically how and what we speak through in-class practice and discussions for improvement. The lessons both update language skills and offer useful techniques for aspects of teaching, using audio/video or reading materials and practical exercises for illustration. This module has been designed to offer a platform where lecturers, from a group perspective, discuss combining appropriate teaching methodology and linguistic practice to improve the overall quality of academic teaching. It runs for 10 weeks, with 2 hours per week. Please click here to register for the Communication Module by 18th  September 2017 at the latest.

Vocabulary Expansion: this module aims to improve lecturers’ vocabulary and practise using the vocabulary through the ‘I can…’ approach across a range of topics. It is an upper-intermediate level course in which common collocations and idiomatic expressions are first introduced, then opportunities are provided for speaking practice. This module runs for 10 weeks, with 2 hours per week. Please click here to register for the Vocabulary Module by 18th September 2017 at the latest.

Lecturers who are unable to take the courses can contact the course instructor to request individual support by appointment through Jianwei [dot] Xu [at] vub [dot] be.

Teacher

Jianwei Xu

The course is taught by Jianwei Xu who holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics and an MEd in TESOL from La Trobe University, Australia. She has strong intercultural awareness and extensive experience in teaching English as a second/foreign language in higher education. Her research interests reside primarily in the sociocultural framing of language learning and teaching and in communicating in English as a lingua franca for intercultural communication. 

Where?

Campus Etterbeek, VUB (specific location is to be communicated to the participants through email)

When?

Semester 1, 2017-2018
Thursday (9-12hrs) or Friday (14-17hrs) for Grammar (to be selected & determined by participants in the registration form); Tuesday (14:30-16:30) for Communication; Thursday (14:30-16:30) for Vocabulary. Specific lesson dates are also indicated in the registration form.

Conditions for registration

Not applicable

Number of participants

15 for each module

Level determination

Not applicable

Certification

Not applicable

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