English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI)

What is the course about?

This course looks at the challenges of using English as a medium of instruction for teachers and students who are non-native English speakers. It introduces some key principles along with a range of different approaches and ideas. The primary focus is on practical ways of introducing English as a Medium of Instruction into existing course programmes and into a classroom teaching environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is for in-service teachers and staff in the vocational and higher education sectors who currently use English as a medium of instruction in their teaching institution, or will have a need to do so in the future. Participants’ English should be at a minimum B1 level.

After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:

  1. a pre-course questionnaire which will enable trainers to learn about the participants’ backgrounds
  2. information about the Europass Mobility Certificate
  3. a recommended reading list to prepare participants for various aspects of the course
  4. information about York to prepare teachers for their cultural experience.

At the end of the course, you will:

  • have developed an understanding of the challenges and the opportunities of using English as a medium of instruction and the acquisition and use of language
  • have consolidated and built on their own English language skills
  • have looked at a range of practical ways to introduce and implement changes to existing teaching programmes
  • be able to to design appropriate learning materials

The course ends with an evaluation session, where teachers are asked to reflect upon the value of the knowledge gained on the course. They are also encouraged in this session to create a Personal Development Action Plan, and select activities which they would like to try out in their own classes. They are invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow colleagues, and with participants from other courses.

If you are from a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will need a visa. Students from certain countries do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in the UK. You can check if you need to apply for a visa on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

In the unlikely event of a course not recruiting sufficient numbers you would be offered an alternative.

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Fast Facts

Start date(s)
  • March 9, 2020
  • August 31, 2020
  • September 7, 2020
Max. group size
12
Min. age
21
Minimum CEF level
Starting from
B1
Course materials
Included
Hours
Starting from
21
Is Erasmus+ funding available?
Price
£
395
Booking fee
£
55

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Sample Course Programme

TIMESession OneSession TwoSession Three
MONDAYIce-breaker
Introduction to the course: objectives and methodology
Types of EMI and the English being used
Defining the elements of best practice
Challenges and opportunities
TUESDAYBasic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS)Meeting the needs of your studentsTBL Bloom’s Taxonomy
Anderson and Krathwohl
WEDNESDAYUnderstanding the acquisition and use of languageManaging change: roles and
process
Bringing Culture/
Community into the
classroom
THURSDAYTranslating theory into practice Practicalities
Competences 
Can Do’s
Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP)
Self-study /
Professional development
FRIDAYTeaching practice Peer feedbackTeaching practice Peer feedbackConclusion and
Reflection

Week Review
and Evaluation
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