Courses - Lecturing skills

Helping lecturers from universities and business schools to maximise the effectiveness of their lecturing skills in English.

We have been helping groups of lecturers to improve their ability to work in English for a number of years. We are now offering this course more flexibly for open enrolment.

This 1 week intensive course brings together technical, scientific and business lecturers from a wide range of institutions and provides them with a range of practical techniques which are applicable across multiple disciplines. 

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All of the key information you need to know about this course

  • Course level:

Levels 6 - 8 on the school's level scale

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  • Fees:

2016 

£890/week


  • Dates:

2016

7th - 11th November


  • Participants age:

Minimum age 25


  • Group size:

2 to 8


  • Hours per week:

30 hours per week (30 x 60 minutes)

8.45 - 16.45 Monday - Friday

+ 1.5 hours networking lunch with trainers 3 days per week

+ 2 social programme activities accompanied by a trainer


Who's it for?

Find out if this course is suitable for your needs

The course is suitable for university and college lecturers who are not native speakers but who increasingly need to use English as the language of instruction. 

Their 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.  If you would like to know whether this course is suitable for you, please contact us.

Course content

The areas that you can expect to cover during a typical course

One-to-one

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.  We focus on:

  • 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
  • features which affect clarity of delivery such as stress, rhythm and intonation

The benefits

What you can expect to achieve from your course

You can expect to improve your English in the following ways:

    • greater confidence in delivering lectures in English
    • enhanced understanding of different learning styles  
    • improved cross-cultural awareness
    • increased clarity in delivery

Included in the fees

What is included in the fees

Fees include training plus:

  • 3 networking lunches
  • 2 social activities with trainers/week

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