English Language Education

Lecturing in English

This course aims to improve the effectiveness of communication in university lectures and small-group classes where the lecturer or students, or both, are non-native speakers of English.

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Course details

Language level
The Council of Europe’s Common European Framework level C1
Participants and entry requirements
Participants are expected to have at least two years' experience of lecturing at a university and to have completed the appropriate training. This course is not suitable for teachers of English.


Course description

This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who are or will be lecturing or teaching their specialist subject through the medium of English at university. In some countries this is called tertiary CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning).

The course aims to:

  • raise awareness of specific difficulties for non-native speakers of English in listening in lectures, and asking and answering questions in lectures
  • raise awareness of differences between spoken and written academic English to make lectures more listener-friendly.
  • develop strategies for making lectures and classes in English more accessible to non-native speakers
  • provide the opportunity for participants to put these strategies into practice by giving mini-lectures and receiving feedback
  • enhance participants’ confidence and skills in resolving student/lecturer communication problems

Topics include lecturing to non-native speakers, lecturing in an appropriate style, adjusting to the audience, dealing with explanations and questions, spoken and written academic styles of English, preparation and delivery of mini-lectures by participants followed by detailed feedback from tutor and audience. Some activities are adapted from Study Speaking (Cambridge University Press 2004), which was written by ELTC staff members.


This course features a range of activities: group and pair discussion, individual analysis and preparation, mini-lectures. The emphasis is on active participation, reflection and discussion of language, communication and teaching strategies.

Participants will be asked to bring material, in print or electronic form, for a 10-minute mini-lecture on a topic of their academic specialism.


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This course is eligible for European funding under the Erasmus+ programme.