English for Teaching Purposes

Course Leader: Dr Stephen Houghton

Home Institution: Université de la Réunion, France

Course pre-requisites: B2 or higher in English on the European CEFR.

Course Overview
English has become the lingua franca of academic research and is increasingly becoming the medium of instruction in secondary and higher education. However, English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) presents numerous, specific challenges for non-native teachers and learners who use the language. This course aims to prepare participants to teach their specialist subject in English. The course will focus on the development of oral communication skills for teaching. Participants will also gain practical experience of giving lecture-style and interactive lessons (seminars, tutorials, practical classes, etc.). The course should interest students (pre-service teachers, Masters & PhD students) and in-service teachers and lecturers wishing to move into the exciting and rapidly growing field of EMI teaching.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, a successful participant will be able to:
(1) Explain the challenges and opportunities of teaching and learning through EMI.
(2) Apply intelligible pronunciation to teaching in English.
(3) Use academic and subject-specific English-language for teaching.
(4) Apply communication techniques to aid learning through EMI.

Course Content
An Introduction to EMI: definition(s); which English?; challenges and opportunities of EMI
Intelligible Pronunciation: individual sounds; words in isolation; connected speech
Academic English for Teaching: academic words; academic phrases & sign-posting language; rhetorical functions; subject-specific vocabulary
Communication Techniques: narrative techniques; design principles; the Assertion-Evidence approach

Instructional Method
A blended-learning approach will be used during the course consisting of in-class workshops and online resources. Workshops will involve pair and group-work on task-based, discussion-based, and practical activities. Online resources (videos, documents, quizzes on a dedicated Moodle platform) will provide pre-workshop preparation and post-workshop consolidation activities of course content.
Full participation in workshop activities and completion of online activities will be necessary for the successful achievement of the learning outcomes.

Required Course Materials
Participants will need access to a computer with an internet connection and presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint, Impress, Keynote, or similar). Word-processing (e.g. Word, Writer, Pages, or similar) and data-graphing software (e.g. Excel, Calc, Numbers, or similar) will also be useful.
Recommended reading:
Practical Classroom English (2008) Glyn HUGHES, Josephine MOATE, Tiina RAATIKAINEN. OUP. ISBN-13: 978-0194422796
The Lecturer’s Toolkit (2019) Phil RACE. Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0367182267

Assessment will consist of evaluation of a midterm mini interactive-lesson (50%) and a final mini-lecture (50%).
Feedback will take the form of peer and instructor comments, and video-recordings of the evaluated lessons.