The Teaching in English module aims to improve the spoken language skills of lecturers in higher education who teach their subjects in English.  By practising specific teaching skills (e.g. explaining concepts), classroom vocabulary (words and sentences) and linking structures (e.g. "let's move on to ..."), and by providing individual feedback, the course will boost participants' confidence. This will enable them to concentrate on the content of their classes without having to worry about their English.

2021 - NEW DATES 

7 October – 18 November 2021
lesson day
7/10, 14/10, 21/10, 28/10 en 18/11
9.30 - 12.30 
€ 350 (AUHA)
€ 405 (non-AUHA)
registration deadline

Objectives and target audience

This course aims to improve the spoken language skills of higher education lecturers and researchers who teach their subject(s) in English.

Participants will learn specific classroom vocabulary (words and phrases), skills (e.g. describing concepts) and linking phrases (e.g. ‘let’s move on to...’) and receive individual feedback. This improves their confidence, so they can focus on what they are teaching without worrying about the language.


The course content is flexible, so that we can respond to participants’ individual needs. Below are some of the topics that the course typically covers:

  • pronunciation training: speaking easily understandable English, focusing on accent, word stress and intonation
  • grammar: ‘correct’ English (normative), contrastive approach
  • vocabulary: typical classroom vocabulary (e.g. ‘continuous assessment’, ‘please raise your hands’, ‘dissertation’ vs. ‘thesis’, etc.
  • skills: practising fixed expressions for describing things (e.g. when you can’t remember a word), for summarising, giving instructions (spoken and written), etc.
  • structure: use of discourse markers that will help you structure your lesson clearly
  • style: authentic English instead of translated Dutch


The teacher uses the communicative method. Activities in pairs and groups ensure that there is a high level of interaction among the participants.

The course is inductive. This means that, wherever possible, the participants are guided to discover new techniques, rules, etc. for themselves through awareness-raising activities. The tasks are based on authentic materials from the participants’ own work environments. Role plays and practice presentations encourage the participants to learn by doing.

We limit the groups to 9 participants in order to give everyone enough time to speak. This way we can also ensure that all participants receive individual feedback from the teacher.

Language materials

We use a LINGUAPOLIS-designed coursebook supplemented with additional handouts where necessary. All of the exercises in the coursebook were developed specifically for this target audience. During the course, the participants are expected to give a number of mini-lessons about their own fields.

Timing and organisation

The course consists of 15 lesson hours: 5 three-hour sessions.

For the class dates: see top of this page.

The language of instruction for this course is English. The participants are expected to have a good level of spoken English. While the course does cover some aspects of grammar and pronunciation, the number of lesson hours is too limited to increase participants’ overall level of English. 


The course costs €350 (excl. VAT) for participants affiliated with an AUHA institution and €405 (excl. VAT) for non-AUHA participants.

Language courses are exempt from VAT in accordance with article 44§2.4°.

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