Preparing lecturers for English-medium instruction

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    To support NNS lecturers who teach in English, Evelyn van de Veen1 and Renate Klaassen developed a set of courses at Delft University of Technology in which pedagogical, intercultural and language skills needed for effective teaching in English are trained in an integrated manner (Klaassen, 2003). These courses have been running since 2002, and so far about 200 lecturers have followed them. This paper will report on an evaluation of the courses.
    In this paper we will focus on the evaluation of two of our courses: a module which introduces participants to the problems of teaching and learning in a foreign language, and the linguistic and pedagogical approaches one may take
    to deal with them and a module in which English language skills and teaching strategies for the second-language classroom are developed in an integrated manner. By means of a survey we investigated how they have experienced our
    courses and assessed the relevance of the courses. Additionally, we conducted a follow up survey in which lecturers were asked which elements of the courses lecturers use the most in practice, which changes they made after following the
    courses, and what effects those changes have on their teaching behaviour.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIntegrating Content and Language
    Subtitle of host publicationRealizing Content and Language Integration in Higher Education
    EditorsRobert Wilkinson, Vera Zegers
    Place of Publicationmaastricht
    PublisherMaastricht University
    Pages32 - 43
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • Content Language Integration
    • Higher Educaton


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