The area of specialisation is usually a business, scientific or technical discipline, for example general business, finance, economics, law, technology or engineering, but the course is also open to participants from other fields. They are expected to already have a good command of the language but may lack confidence when lecturing in English. The specific terminology relating to individual subject areas is not covered on the course. The course looks at some of the main features of good lectures and seminars, including language used for structuring and delivering a lecture. We begin with how to provide a clear overview of a lecture programme. The stages of a lecture are reviewed and ways of referring to visual information are examined. For these purposes, video clips of lectures are used for analysis.
We examine cross-cultural issues and different learning styles, and consider some practical techniques that can be used by lecturers to engage international students more. Where relevant, we will look at some of the problems faced by international students who come from a learning background which places most emphasis on rote learning and memorization and suggest techniques to help them adapt to an environment more based on independent learning.
The course provides substantial practice opportunities which include giving mini-lectures and leading seminars and tutorials. The key language skills and communication strategies you will learn in the course include:
- ways of emphasising, highlighting and hedging
- eliciting techniques, dealing with questions and responding to student evaluation
- encouraging and giving feedback when interacting with students
- a focus on levels of formality in spoken English