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Workshops

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

 
Semester Courses

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.

Tailored Training

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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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 workshop in the workshops Teaching in English - Lecturing and Teaching in English - Student Interaction.

 

Target group

Academic staff of the University of Freiburg who teach in English-taught degree programmes

Susanne GundermannWorkshop Facilitator
Dr. Susanne Gundermann

 

Intended learning outcomes

  • Participants recognize 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

 

Dates

Takes place on Friday, 2nd February 2018, 9am-5pm at Wilhelmstraße 26


Course registration

Click here to registerThis course is free of charge as part of the English Medium Instruction Program funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ: 01PL11007).


Flexible course accommodation

If you are interested in this workshop but are unable to attend on the dates listed above, we can arrange other dates for you and like-minded colleagues in your department. Simply contact us to find out more.

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Teaching in English - Lecturing

Target group

Academic staff of the University of Freiburg who teach in English-taught degree programmes

Gregg Dubow Workshop Facilitator
Gregg Dubow

 

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 recognize 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-centered 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

Takes place on Friday, 16th Februar 2018, 9am-5pm at Breisacher Tor (Rempartstraße 4).

 

Course registration
Click here to registerThis course is free of charge as part of the English Medium Instruction Program funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ: 01PL11007).

 

Flexible course accommodation

If you are interested in this workshop but are unable to attend on the dates listed above, we can arrange other dates for you and like-minded colleagues in your department. Simply contact us to find out more.

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Teaching in English - Student Interaction

Target group

Academic staff of the University of Freiburg who teach in English-taught degree programmes.

Ideally participants in this workshop teach/will teach small to medium sized groups of students in English whereby the main task of the teacher is to set up and guide student-centered tasks.

Gregg Dubow   Susanne Gundermann

Workshop Facilitators
Gregg Dubow
Dr. Susanne Gundermann

 

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-centered 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 languge material (types of questions, setting up tasks, leading collaborative summaries, moderating discussions, etc.).

 

Dates

Takes place on Friday, 23rd Februar 2018, 9am-5pm at Breisacher Tor (Rempartstraße 4).


Course registration

Click here to registerThis course is free of charge as part of the English Medium Instruction Program funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ: 01PL11007).

 

Flexible course accommodation

If you are interested in this workshop but are unable to attend on the dates above, we can arrange other dates for you and like-minded colleagues in your department. Simply contact us to find out more.

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Teaching in English - Providing Formative Written Feedback
  • This workshop will address giving feedback in English and in particular language 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.


Gregg Dubow

Workshop Facilitator
Gregg Dubow


Upcoming Dates 

  • No workshop dates are planned in 2017. If you would like to have a personal consultation about writing feedback in English, send us an e-mail.

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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. 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.

  • 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).

  • On the day of the workshop, each participant will give a 7-10 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). After lunch, you will have time to fine tune your presentation and practice parts of it again based on feedback received.


Gregg Dubow

Workshop Facilitator
Gregg Dubow

 

Upcoming Dates 

  • No workshop dates are planned in 2017.  If you and colleagues are interested in having a workshop on research presentation, send us an e-mail

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Teaching in English for Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs

Target group

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

 

Course learning objectives

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

 

  • identify factors which change the dynamic of an internationalized classroom learning in a foreign language
  • formulate appropriate learning objectives and apply them to a lesson
  • structure a lesson and recognize language which facilitates the structure
  • select suitable methods for fostering active student learning
  • apply communicative strategies when handling student input
  • recognize what formative feedback is and how to provide it
  • reflect on their teacher role and the language they may (not) use

 

  

Course methodology

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 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 moch teaching excercise
  • 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

 

Course instructors
Gregg Dubow   Susanne Gundermann Gregg Dubow
Dr. Susanne Gundermann
 
  

Next Course

Starts Wednesday, 18 October, 4pm-6pm at Hermann-Herder-Str. 9,room 00 018

 

Course registration

Click here to register. Upon registration, you will receive a notification form via email, which will have to be signed by your supervisoror superior in advance and submitted to the course instructors, either via Hauspost or fax (203-8959). The form states that you have signed up for the course and that if you fulfill course requirements, you will receive a certificate of completion. This course is free of charge and part of the English Medium Instruction Program financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ: 01PL11007).

 
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 recognize 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

 

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

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 email us.

 

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.
 
Gregg Dubow
Course Facilitator
Gregg Dubow
 
 
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. We can help you answer those questions. Classroom observations conducted by the EMI team offers teaching staff the following benefits:
  • Outsider’s perspective on the class
  • Constructive feedback on use of English in teaching
  • 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
 
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 it 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 program in line with your personal learning goals
  • We set up a flexible schedule and begin
 
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

Workshops have been provided at the following institutes:
  • University of Freiburg Center for Teaching and Learning (Hochschuldidaktik) Teaching and Learning in a Multilingual, Multicultural Learning Environment (2014, 2015)
  • SciNet - Network for Young Academics and Scientists, Teaching in English (2013)
  • Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine, Teaching in English (2016)
 
 
 
Contact

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Sprachlehrinstitut (SLI)
EMI - English Medium Instruction
Universitätsstraße 5
2. OG
79098 Freiburg
Germany


 

Gregg Dubow
Gregg Dubow, M.A.

 

Tel. 0761 203-8962
Fax. 0761 203-8959
gregg.dubow@sli.uni-freiburg.de
Room 02 008

 

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

 

 

Susanne Gundermann
Dr. Susanne Gundermann

 

Tel. 0761 203-8962
Fax. 0761 203-8959
susanne.gundermann@sli.uni-freiburg.de
Room 02 008


Office hour:
upon request

 
Louise Northover

Louise Northover
Student Assistant

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