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The focus of our workshops lies on fostering and improving your language and communication skills for teaching in English.

 

These courses are aimed at doctoral candidates and post-docs who teach or will have to teach in English. The main objective of the courses is to enhance language and communicative skills for teaching in English.

 
 

If the workshop and course offers above are not in line with your needs or availability, we also offer the tailored training measures below:

 

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Workshops
 

This workshop introduces you to the complex challenge of teaching your subject in English in a multilingual, multicultural learning environment. We will identify the communicative, intercultural and didactic challenges in this context and discuss strategies how to accommodate instructional design to these specific conditions.

Participants can expand on the insights gained from this workshop in the workshops "Teaching in English - Lecturing" and "Teaching in English - Student Interaction".


Workshop Facilitator

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  Louise Northover

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Participants recognise the complex interplay between language, culture and didactics in an international classroom and can identify potential stumbling blocks.

  • Participants can reflect on their role as natives in the local academic culture and its impact on the international classroom.

  • Participants can evaluate the conditions and requirements of their individual teaching contexts and discuss ideas for accommodating to the specific challenges of teaching in English in a multilingual, multicultural learning environment.


Contents
  • The specific challenges of English-medium instruction: linguistic, (inter)cultural and didactic.

  • Students and teachers in an international classroom: role expectations and their impact.

  • The EMI triangle: the interplay between language, pluridiversity and local linguacultural context.

  • Implications: accommodating instructional design to the English-medium instruction context.

 

Instructional Methods

  • Instructor input, participant-centred methods (pair work), participant contributions.


Dates

The next two-day workshop takes place on Tuesday 8th October and Thursday 10th October from 9am- 3pm at Hermann-Herder-Str. 9, R00019.

 

Registration

If you are interested in this workshop, you can sign up here

This workshop is free of charge as part of the English Medium Instruction Programme funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ:01PL11007).

 

Alternative

If you and your like-minded collegues are interested in this topic, you could also request an internal workshop here.

This workshop is free of charge as part of the English Medium Instruction Programme funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ:01PL11007).

 

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Teaching in English - Lecturing
 

The skills acquired in the "Teaching in Englisch - Foundation" workshop can be further developed in this workshop.

 

Workshop Facilitator

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  Louise Northover

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Participants can apply specific communicative strategies (signposts and questions) to their lectures.

  • Participants can apply brief activation tasks to promote interaction in their lectures.

  • Participants can identify parts of a lecture where interaction can be implemented and recognise the benefit of involving students.
 

Content

  • Communicating transparent structures for lectures.

  • Signposts to structure your lecture and help students follow your line of thought.

  • Types of questions (authentic and rhetorical) you can ask in lectures.

  • Activation tasks to promote interaction in lectures.

 

Instructional Methods

  • Instructor input, participant-centred methods (pair work), participant output (mini-lectures).

 

Workshop Materials

  • Please bring material (PPT slides/handouts) from a lecture you have already given or a lecture you plan on giving in the future.

  • Once you have signed up, you will receive a reader containing some articles, handouts and language material (signposts for transitioning, elaborating, highlighting, focusing attention to graphs, types of questions, etc.).

 

Dates

The next workshop takes place on Wednesday 2nd October from 9am- 5pm at Hermann-Herder-Str. 9, R01020C.

 

Registration

If you are interested in this workshop, you can sign up here

This workshop  is free of charge as part of the English Medium Instruction Programme funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ:01PL11007).


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Teaching in English - Student Interaction
 

The skills acquired in the "Teaching in Englisch - Foundation" workshop can be further developed in this workshop.

 

Workshop Facilitator

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  Louise Northover

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Participants can articulate clear instructions and purpose for classroom tasks/group work.

  • Participants can apply types of questions to stimulate student input.

  • Participants can initiate/moderate classroom discussion and integrate/anchor student input.

 

Content

  • Giving clear instructions and aims for tasks/group work.

  • Types of questions to stimulate student input.

  • Moderate (turn taking, integrating) and conclude (collaborative summaries) discussions.

 

Instructional Methods

  • Instructors input, participant-centred methods (pair and group work, role plays).

 

Workshop Materials

  • Once you have signed up for the workshop, you will receive a reader containing articles, handouts and language material (types of questions, setting up tasks, leading collaborative summaries, moderating discussions, etc.).


Dates

The next workshop takes place on Monday 14th October from 9am- 5pm at Niemensstraße 10 im Peterhof Raum 3.

 

Registration

If you are interested in this workshop, you can sign up here

This workshop is free of charge as part of the English Medium Instruction Programme funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ:01PL11007).

 

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Teaching in English - Providing Formative Written Feedback
 

This workshop will address giving feedback in English and cover the language used for evaluating students' work and encouraging and guiding students' progress.


  • Once you have signed up, you will receive some language material to support you during the workshop (e.g. typical phrases, verbs, and adjectives).

  • You will also be asked to send one sample of previous written feedback given in English and any feedback rubric your institute/faculty use.

  • On the day of the workshop, we will discuss your submitted feedback samples and then apply some of the language and strategies to students' assignments.

  • The newly learned strategies and acquired writing skills for teaching in Englisch from the workshop can be expanded on further by discussing additional feedback examples with the workshop facilitator in a personal consultation.

 

Upcoming Dates 

If you would like to have a personal consultation about writing feedback in English, send us an e-mail.

This workshop is free of charge as part of the English Medium Instruction Programme funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ:01PL11007).

 

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Presenting Your Research in English

This workshop provides you an opportunity to present your research in English in a small group of your peers and improve your presentation style and English skills.

 

Workshop Facilitator

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  Louise Northover

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Participants can apply specific communicative strategies to their presentation/talk.

  • Participants can give a presentation/talk in English with confidence.

 

Content

  • Each participant will give a 10-15 minute presentation and then receive language feedback (e.g. pronunciation, accurate vocabulary, presentation phrases), from the workshop facilitator as well as peer feedback (e.g. slides, clarity).

  • Participants have the option to have their presentation be audio or video recorded for personal future reference.

  • During the duration of the workshop you will have time to fine tune your presentation and practise parts of it again based on feedback received.

  • Please bring your notebook and presentation on a USB stick. Participants have the option to be either audio or video recorded for personal future reference.

 

Instructional Methods

  • Instructors input, participant-centred methods (pair and group work), participant contributions (small presentation).

 

Workshop Materials

  • Once you have signed up, you will receive some language material to help you prepare your presentation (e.g. typical phrases for transitioning, highlighting, referring to graphs, handling questions).

 

Dates

The next four-day workshop takes place weekly, starting on Tuesday 17th March from 9am- 1pm at Hermann-Herder-Str. 9, R00019. The last session is on the 7th April.


Registration

If you are interested in this workshop, you can sign up here.

This workshop is free of charge as part of the English Medium Instruction Programme funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ:01PL11007).

 

Alternative

If you and and like-minded colleagues are interested in having a workshop on research presentation, send us an e-mail.

This workshop is free of charge as part of the English Medium Instruction Programme funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ:01PL11007).

 

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Teaching in English - Introduction for Doctoral Candidates & Postdocs

 

Target Group

Post-docs and doctoral candidates who teach or will teach lectures, tutorials, lab etc. in English taught programmes.

 

Course Description

The course combines 26 hours of face-to-face instruction with a corresponding amount of out-of-class preparation. The course uses a blended learning approach, combining online material, which is provided at different points of the course, with face-to-face instruction in the form of in-class activities and discussions. Participants are expected to take an active role in the class by conducting micro bits of teaching, providing feedback on peers’ work, and discussing topics which arise. The last quarter of the course culminates in participants giving 15 minute mock lessons on a topic of their choice followed by a round of peer feedback.

 

Course Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • identify factors which change the dynamic of an internationalised classroom learning in a foreign language.

  • formulate appropriate learning objectives and apply them to a lesson.

  • structure a lesson and recognise language which facilitates the structure.

  • select suitable methods for fostering active student learning.

  • apply communicative strategies when handling student input.

  • recognise what formative feedback is and how to provide it.

  • reflect on their teacher role and the language they may (not) use.

 

Course Topics

Constructive alignment | Learning styles | Language to structure lessons | Strategies to elaborate on content | Student interaction and classroom management | Formative feedback

Certificate of Completion Requirements

In order to receive a certificate of completion, participants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • conduct a 15 minute mock teaching exercise.

  • write and submit feedback on one peer’s teaching exercise.

  • write and submit a self-reflection report on your own mock lesson.

  • attend at least 80% of the classes.

 

Dates

If you are interested in having a similar course aranged for your department/institute, write us an e-mail.

This course is free of charge and part of the English Medium Instruction Programme financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ:01PL11007).

 

 

Target group

  • Doctoral candidates/post-docs just starting to teach and create teaching materials in English.

  • Experienced teachers seeking feedback and fine-tuning on existing materials.

 

Course Description

This e-resource allows participants to autonomously self-pace their learning. Five topics are addressed:  teaching statements, catchy course descriptions, transparent syllabi, handouts/exercise sheets, and written feedback for students. Each topic contains a mix of video tutorials, review questions, and language handouts. Subsequently, participants can electronically submit samples of new or existing pieces of teaching-related writing and receive feedback from the EMI team on clarity and language accuracy. Through formative feedback, participants learn to recognise strengths and weaknesses in the clarity of their writing for the international classroom. Follow this link to the e-learning resource.

 

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Intended Learning Objectives

Upon completing all e-modules, participants will be able to:

  • write an appealing course description and clear syllabus aligned with course learning objectives.

  • write a clear and concise exercise/handout you would use in your course.

  • identify vaguely written instructions / questions and make these more explicit.

  • differentiate between formative and summative feedback and be aware of appropriate language for each type of feedback.

  • structure and write a teaching statement, a common requirement for the academic hiring process.


Access to resource

The resource is located on the University of Freiburg’s platform for Continued Professional Development and Open Educational Resources. Should you have difficulties accessing the resource, please send us an e-mail.

 

Certification of Completion

Participants who work though and submit pieces of writing for all five topics can receive a certificate attesting to as much. The certificate will confirm the quality of submitted writing and time invested.

 

Dates

This course is accessable at any time.

This course is free of charge and part of the English Medium Instruction Programme financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ:01PL11007).

 

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Classroom Observation

After teaching in English, you may reflect and wonder whether the main message was clear or if your English was effective for a particular situation. A classroom observation can help answer those questions.

Classroom observations offer teaching staff an outsider’s perspective on the class, constructive feedback on use of English in teaching as well as constructive feedback on communicative strategies for teaching in English with an international student body.
 

How an observation works

  • You make a request for us to visit your class.

  • We contact you to find out more about your course and to schedule a visit.

  • After the observation, you fill out a self-assessment questionnaire.

  • A fruitful feedback meeting takes place within 7-10 days.

The constructive feedback meeting

  • Your self-assessment is discussed in combination with the EMI team observations.

  • You receive constructive feedback on language use and communicative strategies for teaching in English.

  • If desired, a follow-up training plan is devised and carried out.

 

Dates

If you are interested in arranging a classroom observation or if you have any questions, write us an e-mail.

This course is free of charge and part of the English Medium Instruction Programme financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ:01PL11007).

 
One-on-One Training
 

If you teach or will have to teach courses in English and would like to undergo training for English as a part of your professional development, personal one-on-one sessions may be an option for you. We help create training situations and give feedback on language use and communicative strategies for teaching in English. In essence, we:

 
  • Assist you in setting personal learning goals.
  • Support  and guide you in in working towards your learning goals.
  • Provide language expertise, ideas, and encouragement.

 
How the one-on-one training works

  • You make a request for one-on-one training.
  • We contact you to arrange an initial meeting.
  • During the initial meeting, we discuss your needs and wishes and design a training programme in line with your personal learning goals.
  • We set up a flexible schedule and begin.

 

Dates

If you are interested in arranging a one-on-one training session or if you have any questions, write us an e-mail.

This course is free of charge and part of the English Medium Instruction Programme financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ:01PL11007).

 

 

Are you and like-minded colleagues interested in workshops focusing on communicative language skills for teaching in English? We can design and carry out workshops which:

  • Address the didactics of teaching English.
  • Focus on specific communicative strategies for teaching in English.
  • Incorporate the group's specific areas of interest.

How it works

  • You make a request.

  • We contact you to arrange an initial meeting.

  • During the initial meeting, we discuss your needs and desired learning objectives.

  • We subsequently design a workshop in line with learning objectives and availability.

 

Dates

If you are interested in arranging an institute specific workshop or if you have any questions, write us an e-mail.

This course is free of charge and part of the English Medium Instruction Programme financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ:01PL11007).

 

Workshops have been provided at the following institutes:


 
Contact

University of Freiburg
Language Teaching Centre (SLI)
Universitätsstraße 5
79098 Freiburg
Germany


 

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Louise Northover
Director of Studies

 

Tel. +49 761 203-8962
Fax. +49 761 203-8959
louise.northover@sli.uni-freiburg.de
Room 02 008, 2nd floor

Office Hour:
Tue, 10:00 - 12:00 h
upon request

 

 

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Dr. Susanne Gundermann
(parental leave)

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