Effective Teaching in a Second Language

This course is aimed at teachers who (will) teach in English and want to know about using English as a medium of instruction. It consists of four sessions in which teachers will get practical tools to effectively support their students’ learning in a second language. The course is hands-on and provides tools and strategies that can be directly implemented in your own teaching context.

If you would like to know more about the intercultural and didactic implications of teaching in the international classroom, the course Teaching in the International Classroom may be more suitable.


We will discuss what teaching in English means for you as a non-native speaker and how you can use compensation techniques and state clear expectations to students. We will provide practical tools and ideas to encourage spoken output and interaction, to support the use of high-level academic English, and to provide feedback on spoken and written output of students. You will work with your own course materials.


  • Session 1 (Teaching in English/Activating students in lectures)
    • Implications of teaching in English
    • Experiences of non-native speaker lecturers
    • Activating students in lectures
  • Session 2 (Guiding understanding/Use of language)
    • Guiding understanding
    • Language requirements (entry level and BA/MA level)
    • Guiding students from day-to-day language to an academic use of language
  • Session 3 (Encouraging spoken output/ Active learning)
    • Challenges and best practices of small group work
    • Encouraging output/interaction
    • Active learning tasks for small groups
  • Session 4 (Written output/ Feedback)
    • Feedback on written output
    • Writing frames
    • Feedback on spoken output


After completing the course, you will be able to: 

  • support your students’ subject related language
  • encourage spoken output and interaction
  • use appropriate didactic and presentation skills (including compensation techniques) that a non-native speaker of English needs
  • provide feedback on students spoken and written output
I gained more insight into the type of problems that can occur when teaching in English and how to solve them (for Dutch students and international students). All the exercises that can be incorporated in your own teaching practice were very useful as well.


Teachers who (are going to) teach in English.


20 hours (meetings: 12 hours, self study: 8 hours) 


There are four meetings, all from 13.30-16.30 hrs:

  • Thursday 18 October 2018
  • Tuesday 30 October 2018
  • Thursday 22 November 2018
  • Thursday 13 December 2018


€480 (UU / UMC staff), € 620 (other participants).


You can apply by sending in the application form before 4 October 2018.

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