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English language teaching for University and College teachers

This programme will provide participants with a background to current issues in English language teaching methodology and seek to improve participants’ knowledge and professional skills in practical pedagogy. 

In addition, the programme seeks to develop participants’ English language competence and to increase their confidence and fluency in teaching and other professional activities. 

From our experience of providing courses for University English teachers, participants have a wide spectrum of professional needs and development goals. The programme will address participants’ individual needs.  

Programme Design

Professional Components
English Teaching Methodogies  English as a Medium Instruction Teaching Teaching English Grammer & Vocabulary Managing Teaching Activities
Conducting Classroom based Research Aspects of Culture Developing Communicative Skills English Language Skills for Professional Communication Purposes

Programme Content

We will examine current issues in English language teaching and learning and their theoretical underpinnings and consider the implementation of teaching methodologies in the English language classroom.  We will focus on skills development, exploring how the processes of writing can be developed in students, ways of developing students’ academic reading skills, their listening and speaking skills and the development of both fluency and accuracy. 

Current approaches in the field of teaching English vocabulary and new research in the field of teaching grammar will be explored.  The practical implications for classroom teaching of all these areas will be considered. 

The programme will enable the participants develop the skills to conduct their own classroom-based research and involve them in evaluating their current practices as a basis for change and development.  In addition, the course seeks to develop participants’ personal language competence. 

Aspects of contemporary English in its socio-cultural context will be examined.  We will also concentrate on the development of English language skills in professional contexts.  We will explore the interaction that occurs between “research in the classroom”, “innovation in education” and “the improvement of teaching and learning processes” in the Conducting Classroom-based Research component.  

Finally, competency to teach effectively at university level in an EMI context, calls for the ability to formulate and explain complex concepts at a high level of abstraction. 

We will explore pedagogical principles, recent educational research, the language demands and the implications for EMI curriculum design.

Aims

  • to examine aspects of contemporary ELT teaching methodology relevant at tertiary level;
  • to develop critical awareness and a conceptual framework of the theoretical underpinning of pedagogic approaches;
  • to consider the use of Information Technology in education;
  • to explore issues concerning English as the Medium of Instruction (EMI) Teaching in Higher Education
  • to focus on developing students’ oral communicative competence and listening skills within contemporary higher education;
  • to increase participants’ confidence in both their personal and professional use of English.

Learning Resources

Our “Learning Resources Centre”: a whole building dedicated specifically to learning resources, where far from the traditional materials of a library, participants will find resources from and to be used in schools, for every subject and curricular level.  There are also numerous Educational Journals both in physical and electronic forms.  

Approaches to Learning

We will use active learning methods, involving practical activities, problem-solving strategies, reflection and developing Critical Thinking strategies.  Our programme will examine examples of good pedagogic practice both in the UK and elsewhere.  

Contact us

Gilly Lloyd 
International Short Programmes Unit Administrator 
Institute of Education, Bognor Regis campus, Upper Bognor Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 1HR
Tel: +44 1243 812081
Email: g.lloyd@chi.ac.uk